I have a few back and cushion questions. Does a short back have anything to do with making an excessive cushion in the hen, are the two related?
Is there any way to tell if a back slopes correctly at the chick stage? I seem to remember it was much easier seeing the body shape in the chick before all the feathers came in. I there any way to predict comparative back lengths and slopes in the adult, from the chick stage?
I've been looking at photos of Buckeyes, and I see some (roosters) that look like the back is sloping up towards the tail. I thought the back was supposed to slope down a bit. Is this just an illusion caused by the saddle feathers? I have no idea how to feel for a back that slopes downwards, my buckeye won't stand still if I try to feel his back, and although I can pick him up that doesn't help either. How is it done? Or should the back look like it's sloping downwards without having to feel for it? ( I can see how the back slopes down in a Shamo LOL ) Is there anyone who has a picture or photo of a correctly sloping Buckeye rooster's back, if you don't have to feel for it? That would help me a lot. Thanks.