What are these flecks (on new feathers)

Stacinfl

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D1DD242E-63A5-4EFC-8994-3575A788D60D.jpeg 1AB44EBD-F176-4C66-B8FC-01C0E6834DBD.jpeg hi there! My 19 week Orpington is growing a ton of feathers. The quills look so painfully thick, goodness. My question is these little black flecks are coming off the feathers, what part of feather development is this called? He’s so dander-ey too. I thought the flecks were dirt but now I can see them embedded on the new feathers. Just curious as I never noticed this on my buffs or barred rocks.
 

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Huh...not sure about the flecks.
Looks really stuck inside sheathing.
Is it sticky or soft or hard or....?

The dander is the feather sheathing coming off as new feathers grows in,
totally normal.
 

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