Here are a couple of Big Spotty, taken this evening. The white spot on his comb is an area that is healing over from a vampire sussex hen. She pecks any available roo's comb till it bleeds and they let her! Sheesh. They just lower their head for her to peck them! Anyway, the black stuff is dirt from damp dust bathing. Silly bird. Yes, that's a silly tail. I thought some naughty bird had plucked his tail feathers out but I've finally decided it's just a silly tail. It's starting to get dark so excuse the lighting. Out of 55 Speckled Sussex cockerels, this was my spottiest rooster that wasn't just tiny. I'm going to get some from Ideal as soon as they are available next year. I really need something with more white. Still, the other roo, Big Red, has a really nice rounded body but hardly any white at all. Not ideal but there you go. Both of the roos I kept were from Mt. Healthy. McMurray's roos were smaller and darker with a couple being mostly black. While Big Spotty hasn't got lots of white, he is a very big bird. I had some KS BYC people over yesterday and they all said that Big Spotty is so large he looks to be the size of some import birds. I fed these birds game bird starter, game bird ration and then All Flock once they were grown. I also consistently supplemented them with 68 Soluble, which is a probiotic, electrolyte and vitamin powder that I put in their drinking water after I had mysteriously lost a couple, as they were growing and through the summer. It seemed to help their survivability since they tend to be somewhat fragile birds. They don't seem nearly as fragile now that they are grown, so hopefully the worst is over.