I purchased 3 chickens from a breeder ( Victoria, Australia ) ... a Barnevelder, RIR, and Welsummer ... and added 2 more chickens 4 weeks younger than the first 3 from another breeder - a Silkie and an Araucana ( Australian bred ). The first 3 are 23 weeks old and second 2 are 19 weeks old. I am fairly new to chicken raising, and want only 5 lovely feathered pets, who lay eggs. One of my chickens is now laying. They have all recently been in a heavy moult due I think to our hot summer. I think the Barnevelder is laying, as they are not big eggs by any means - about 500 - 600 grams. None of the others have begun - yet. The Barnevelder has a fully grown comb, and the RIR is growing hers nicely. She has just the 1 pink to red upright comb. The Welsummer who is a huge chicken - has barely begun to grow her comb. I will try and post a good photograph of my RIR, but from what I have gathered from 100's of photo's I have seen of rumpless birds, she is indeed rumpless. Her rear feathers hang down over her end, and she has that 'rounded' look. All the others ( except the silkie who has a large powder puff tail ) have fine upstanding tail feathers. Just wondering if there IS such a thing as a rumpless RIR ? When she first came home she picked incessantly at her rear and pulled feathers out, and on one occasion caused bleeding. That all stopped, and she grew what she now has - a rounded backside. Will be interested to hear from anyone who can help. Thanks in anticipation, Cheers, Anniebee.