Hi everybody - Is there really such a thing as a "rapid feathering gene"? If so, does it affect ALL breeds or only certain breeds? Does this really indicate hens? Reason I ask is, I have two BLRW chicks that hatched two weeks ago (thanks Patty!), and they've feathered in faster than any other chick I've seen. At hatching, their primary wing feathers were, of course, still enclosed in a sheath, but they were REALLY long - SO long that they were totally obvious and stood out even thru all the fluff when they dried off. By a week old, they had fully feathered wings and their shoulder and tail feathers were popping. At 10 days, they had feathers poking thru the down on their breasts and thighs. Now I'm seeing feathers coming out on their backs at 2 weeks. At this rate, I'm expecting to have fully feathered and flying BLRW's at 3 weeks!! I'm just wondering, is this normal for BLRW's? Could I have really lucked out and got two hens out of two eggs? Or do I still have to play the waiting game?