...if your chick is growing up to be rumpless? Where does that gene come from? Do you have to have at least one parent that is rumpless to produce it? The reason I ask is because I have a group of chicks that is at least 4 weeks old, and 4 of the 6 don't have any tail feathers, and what is there is short, but not the typical shape/style of a tail. So at first I was thinking they would be roos, only there is one roo in there that has a tail(actually it feathered out Really fast) and a prominent and reddening comb. These others do not really have nearly the color or size in the comb; so, is it possible they could be rumpless pullets? I will take some pictures of them today and post them. They are really sweet, and cute. I am assuming they are out of an SS roo and BO or RSL hens. All of my roos and hens have full tails. One other trait I noticed, is that some of them are horrifically SLOW at feathering out - and still have downy backs... at 4+ weeks?? Is this really normal??? p.s. I am going out today to take pictures, and will have them up as soon as I can.