Speckled Sussex - genetics question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sequin, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. Sequin

    Sequin Songster

    May 20, 2008
    I recently noticed that one of my speckled sussex chicks has a few feathers growing symetrically(sp?) on each leg/foot. Is this a recessive gene? Has anyone ever heard of this? When I first saw it, I thought it had a piece of down stuck on one foot, but when it wouldn't come off(I promise, I didn't try all that hard so I wouldn't hurt it), I noticed that it had more than just one feather, and it was on both legs/feet!! Just wondering where this might have come from and if anyone else has ever heard of such a thing on a SS?

  2. blackdotte

    blackdotte Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    It is more likely a stub than a foot/shank feather. The gene for foot feathers on the outside of shank & outer toe( Langshan etc) is dominant, as is the gene for feathers on the middle toe(Silkie etc) ,the only recessive foot feathering gene puts feathers on the inside toe & inside the shank(Orloffs).

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