Just a general question. I read that the hackle and saddle feathers com in around 3 to 4 months. Before the hackle and saddle feathers come in, which are pointed if I understand correctly, are the previous feathers rounded as in all hens? I have a 14 week RIR that has some strange saddle feathers coming in however the are not pointed at all, just very jagged. These feathers are completely different than the other 3 RIR's I have. I just saw a pic on another post which shows similar feathers to these on a rooster. Here are a couple of shots for discussion. This is a pic of the rooster I saw. (Thanks Bogtown Chick) I am looking at the short feathers on the rear of his back. Here is the comparison of my chick in question. Currently there are no pointed saddle or hackle feathers so I am not sure what I have, but these feathers on the back are very similar. Also when should the comb and waddles become prominent. At this time they a just slightly larger that then other chicks(not by very much).Thanks for any help. I am trying to decide if this is a roo because I have a definate rooster that I can get, but I don't want 2! Thanks.