Let me begin by saying I've been in chickens off and on for a long time--beginning with a trio of bantams given to me by my grandmother at age 5 through a continuous run since 1985. (I'm now 71 btw) With only one or two exceptions all my birds have started as chicks from hatcheries, local feed stores, my own incubator or my own hens so I'm not a neophyte when it comes to chicks. But this is a new one for me. On May 31 I received a shipment of chicks from McMurray: 26 Black Star sex-links and 6 straight-run araucanas. These chicks are now 5/6 weeks old and feathered out nicely with one exception. One of the araucanas--I'll call it Peep for ID purposes only--is still only partly feathered. While Peep's brothers and sisters--judging from plumage I'm guessing one brother and 4 sisters--are fully feathered Peep is still more than half chick fuzz with feathers poking out here and there. [pictures below]. I've carefully observed to see if Peep is being picked on by the other 31 chicks and can't see anything. In fact, to take the pics I tossed in some grass clippings and Peep was the first to inspect them and kept the others at bay so I suspect it may be a male. It has been my experience that araucanas tend to feather out fairly early so this aberration has me puzzled. Any comments? Peep Peep's siblings--I'm guessing pullets Peep with two of his siblings--I'm guess the darker one on the right is a cockerel As you can see, the araucanas and the Black Stars--lower left--are well feathered. Only Peep stands out. Interesting, huh?