Quote:Thank you, Debbi. That's what I was assuming. (My BCM boy has feathering like that. Same colour leg feathers too. At 6 weeks, although he is black, his legs appear to be blue.) Since we are going by the MCCUSA sponsered Black Copper Marans standard the word is lightly. There is nothing about the word SPARSE in the American APA SOP for Marans. Now if someone plans on showing in France by all means go with the French standard. Since we have a Standard for the Black Copper I believe it is time to move on from the French Standard. Yes, but they use the term "lightly feathered" as being the correct amount of feathering. In this case, I believe these feathers will be sparse in volume, as compared to the MCCU's term of "lightly" purportedly being correct. In other words, this chick won't have enough when grown, so in my mind they are lacking, or sparse.