So is that one cockerel have squirrel tail? They have nice crests so far. They don't seem to get their grown up feathers until they are older. The one has a slight curve up front on the comb but I have seen those straighten out with time. I like your color, but my opinion doesn't count for much. I am not seeing gold on the hackles. And just a touch of chestnut on the crest, I love it! The earlobes are nice and bright and white, like they were painted on! Mine have some problems with red earlobes.
I think that one picture made it look like a squirrel tail. Neither of these two have a squirrel tail. they both have relatively long bodies. The one has a crest the other does not...
I like them both. I was thinking the ear lobes could be whiter.
I hope the comb straightens, but like you said they are both young yet.
This raises a point about earlobes and I'd like to ask a question - ok, two:
1) What is the typical time course for earlobe whiteness? I ask because some that I thought had reddish earlobes as younguns are starting to get more white, and I would like to know when to evaluate for that (and not evaluate too early if that would be a mistake).
2) What is the genetics of white earlobes? I don't necessarily mean actual genetics (though if it is known, yeah, I'd like to know). I'm more trying to figure out how easy or hard is it to "fix" down the line if you use an otherwise excellent bird with good conformation for breeding.
Trying to learn how to balance selection when there is no perfect bird in a group...
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