I tried to take some photos of the cockerels yesterday ... they are starting to "pop," it was a pretty day. But I underestimated the wind.
The pullets came to see what I was up to. Their tails have started to come up in the last week or so, so they're looking more "correct." Though I think many of mine have a tilt down toward their front. You can see the dark barring in her tail.
I have not evaluated the pullets at all. If my eyes improve, I'll do a pre-sort myself, where I divide them into two piles: ones with any ting of salmon/buff/brown/red, and ones without ... and go from there. Waiting isn't bad for that exercise, as last year some of the wrong color started to pop out just at POL ... I'd expect some of these pullets are getting close.
And ,,, just for fun ... here is PapaDel, finishing up his molt and just about to regrow his tail, and his now shadow, the most adorable lavender DelaEgger cockerel. That little guy is getting bigger. It is so cool how you can see the barring in his lavender feathers. I think he's going to be a really neat bird, but he can't stay here. I have a little pullet, too, and I'd for sure make many, many more of those adorable little fluffies, but I must stay focused.
I like how PapaDel continues to fill out. He has always been VERY wide, but now I'm seeing more substance in the lower front portion of his chest, too. His color is very nice for my flock, even with the black feathers in his tail, but I'm not in love with the position of his wings. With the wing issues we've had in this line, I'm not sure I'll use him next spring. Need to pop those spurs off again.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!