Originally Posted by Pansy Hollow
Lucy and Ethel have so many more feathers than my two. My birds are all feathering slower it seems. I don't have them under the heat lamp for more than a couple days and I think I read that may make for slower feathering? My friend and I each got a BCMaran and a SFaverolle at the same time and hers feathered a few days ahead of mine. Can a cockerel SBEL be white? Or is it just your pullets happen to be white, and the cockerel gray? Marigold's comb is so much pinker than Clover's....and I don't need another cockerel!!
I will say that I left their heat lamp in (used the Sweeter Heater) for a longer stretch because the SBEL pullets did feather in thinner and slower than their Welsummer and Golden Laced Wyandotte "class-mates." When they started roosting away from the heat at night I took it away, but they are spoiled living for now in 1/2 a bedroom on a stall mat, so it's not like they're outside dealing with big fluctuations.
At this point I think I just happened to get a grey cockerel. Based on the MPC description though, I'd be surprised to see any SBEL outside of the gray or white with black feathers realm, so I guess getting a white cockerel falls into that description. For a little while I did wonder if they might have a sex-link component, but like dekel18042 said above they've probably used a number of breeds. I will be pretty surprised if Marigold turns out to be a she- that's really early to have a comb of that size and color- for any breed.