Clean hackles is a goal of mine this year, one of my biggest. My current roo Claude has black striping towards the ends of his hackle feathers but the color of them overall is good, a nice red orange that isn't bleached looking. However, I really, really want a boy without marked hackles. I've got 2 Wheaten cockerels growing out, both have black markings but they're still young. My Splash Wheaten boy is somewhat deceptive. He has white (Splash) striping in his hackles but it's minimal... he may just out grow it? All of my Blue Wheaten boys are still way young to tell whether or not they'll be free of striping. It's going to be hard to let go of any of them really, I like each one for a different reason Cari, I really like the first boy you posted pictures of, for a bird that young he looks great. IMO. Kathy, your Blue Wheaten cockerel is a cutie. He looks like he'll mature into something beautiful.