Virtually all of my Black Java pullets developed cushions this summer. Now that the weather is cooling down (highs in the 80's and low 90's, lows in the low 50's) I've been surprised to see a pullet or two with no cushion every once in a while. Back line actually looked pretty good. Now that I finally have these birds banded I can tell who they are for future breeding. Crossing my fingers that the cushions flatten out in colder weather, since our main show here is usually in late November.
This is my first experience with cushions. Has anyone else noticed cushions that rise with extreme summer heat and fall with cooler temps? Or am I hallucinating? The pullets are nine months old and have not molted recently, so this change is not due to a new set of feathers.
I am very curious to see what these birds look like as mature hens.