Photo of Slow vs. Regular vs. Fast Feathering + Genetic questions

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by ChickenHermit, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. ChickenHermit

    ChickenHermit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2015
    Astoria, OR
    Three of my 3.5 week old bantam cochins are a study in feathering differences- L to R Fast, Mid and Very Slow feathering:



    Tank here has been EXTREMELY slow feathering. He had no feathers at all until he was more than 10 days old.(No problem growing wattles though! [​IMG])

    My question on him, for any feathering geneticists out there: Is this delayed development due to slow feathering K-genes, delayed feathering K-genes, or tardy genes (tt)? Unclear on how to tell the difference.

    This little self-blue falls in the middle of the spectrum- would that make him/her slow feathering? Regular? Not clear on that.

    The gold lace has feathered in very, VERY quickly- Already developing a tail shape, way ahead of the other chicks. Is it safe to assume he/she (I think she) is fast feathering (K+)?

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