Originally Posted by likkatron
Thanks for the insight, it's exactly what I need!
I was successful in checking for split wing in my Brahma, and he certainly has it. Couldn't feel any feather nubs, hoping that his axial feathers come in with age.
Personally my Brahma is defiently a heavy one, though his size might trick you. I know that roosters should be 10-12 pounds, and that his breed is slow to mature so I'm hoping he wiill fill out.
If the split wing stays will it be an immediate disqualification?
Also I googled multiple times with different word usage and could not find a double laced partridge, I just got mix of black blue and silver. If you could provide an image that would be amazing since apparently the variety is not as common as the others?
I wasn't able to open up my salmon faverolles wings to tell for sure if she has split wing, but would the colors and her tail be a problem?
I don't think it's preferred that hens have black feathers or black flecks in the face, and her tail is very weird at this point, the inner feathers are smaller than the outer ones, will she grow out of them?
I'll have to ask my teacher about what kind of judges will be judging, and if unrecognized colors will be disqualified.
I wish I lived in England, since I could happily show my barnie.
Often times the Double Laced Partridge variety is just called Double-laced. According to the Standard of Perfection, two varieties (Double Laced Partridge and Stippled Partridge) were standardized but the Double Laced Partridge variety became the most popular and was therefore recognized by the American Poultry Association. The birds pictured on the MyPetChicken website (Double-Laced Barnevelder from My Pet Chicken) are an example of the Double Laced Partridge variety.
If split wing stays, it should be a disqualification. However, some judges will let it pass, on the basis that the feather may just be missing, the bird is molting, etc. Some will just call it a weak wing. No matter what, a bird with an apparently split wing will not place well.
Your Salmon Faverolles is still young and her color will change. Her tail will grow in different, longer, stiffer feathers as she matures. I've seen bantam Salmon Faverolle pullets that have a tail similar to your bird's tail. It is because they do not have their full adult feathers in yet.