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sebastopol feathering differences

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by carinlynchin, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. carinlynchin

    carinlynchin Songster

    Feb 18, 2009
    I've noticed some sebs have straighter/stiffer feathers ...they still go all over the place...but are like normal feathers...whereas others have "finer" feathers and seem thinner and fluffier/curlier.

    Some say that around certain seasons sebs lose some of the nice feathering revealing the stiffer ones...is this true? or are there genetic differences?

  2. poultrykeeper08

    poultrykeeper08 Songster

    Feb 12, 2008
    Agawam , Ma
    I think the ones with the more normal feathers are the Nicer show types were as the stringy crazy feathered ones are more of a pet/breeder bird but not sure .

    Im sure some one like Cottagerose or peachick will come along and give you the right answer .

    I have both types so i would like to know to [​IMG]

    heres a pic of the normal colored female i have ( Dont mind the wierd wording in the pic , the old owner sent me tat pic before i got her )
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2009
  3. carinlynchin

    carinlynchin Songster

    Feb 18, 2009
    i personally like the stringier look better..they seem more Fluffy to me.....but I'd like to know the difference also.
  4. peachick

    peachick Songster

    Aug 8, 2007
    Maryland 21787
    :) When in doubt.... read the breed standard... It is posted on the Sebastopol Forum.

    BACK: Short, straight covered with profuse
    feathering, feathers very much curled and
    developed in length, in good specimens reaching
    to the ground. The curlier and longer the better.
    TAIL: Main Tail Feathers -
    long and very much curled and twisted
    WINGS: Incapable of flight.
    Primaries and secondaries much curled and twisted.
    BREAST: Round, deep, full, without keel,
    feathers very much curled, the curlier the better.
    BODY: Round , deep, profusely covered with long
    and much curled feathers.

    the more feathers and the more curly they are the more desirable. Genetically there are quality differences. The higher quality..... the better feathering. (and the more expensive they become)

    Sebastopols molt just like all the othe birds do... after breeding season. They get pretty sorry looking too..... and wow what a mess is makes in the yard! Yikes! not looking forward to that again!
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2009

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