- Jul 23, 2016
New here - and have my very first straight run of chicks. All look fabulous & all healthy. Just this one has a verrrrryyy slow feathering problem. All I've read says it's not a problem, just a slow bloomer. I'm 99.9 % sure he's a roo, he is not picked on, he's smart, fast and just like the rest except very little feathering at 5 weeks. I'm in a cold climate - 0 degrees F in winter and last frost date this year was May 27, so don't need this late feathering gene in future chicks. Since I'm going to pick which roo to keep and I've already decided I don't want this slow feathering gene it doesn't really matter, but please, some opinions on this? Is this an undesirable trait with everyone? Will he become the ugly duckling to beautiful swan? Is it common? I got a straight run of 10 GLW, 10 SLW and a freebie which turned out to be an Egyptian Fayoumis (roo, of course) from a hatchery. First chicks in my whole life and I'm smitten. 100% survival so far, so I think my homework is paying off. This question is just for my education, I'm not concerned that this chick is not healthy. As you can see in the photos, he stands his ground, even with his wing feathers coming in upside down. All the others in the photos were hatched the same day. His name is Buck. As in Buck Naked. Thanks for your opinions - like I said, we will have other options for our roo, so Buck will go to a 4-H kid or, well, whatever, but is there ANY reason to want this gene in a cold hardy breed?