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Shoulder Baldness

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sirschuster, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. sirschuster

    sirschuster Hatching

    Nov 7, 2014
    Round Hill, VA
    I was wondering if anyone could identify the exposed "nubs" on this chicks shoulders. I think it's just slow feathering and not picking add I have seen zero picking behavior in this batch.

    I've also been suspicious of this particular Cuckoo Maran as a possible Roo (very large headspot, slightly thicker white banding). Can such feathering patterns, or lack thereof, be a sign off a cockerel?


  2. chooks4life

    chooks4life Crowing

    Apr 8, 2013
    Yes, if the slow-feathering gene is present in a breed the slower feathering does indicate a male, and it looks like this one might well be. Also the one behind it, on the right, has 'suspicious' feathering too lol.

    However in my flock of mixed-breeds I have both slow and fast feathering genes represented and it doesn't mean they're males. Time will tell.

    Best wishes.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2015
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