Quote:Randy, the old genetics I know are hillbilly genetics. Put two birds together and if you do not like the young, change partners and try again. The only time I have seen the feathered middle toe was when some of them have had heavy feathering. Same thing with the Rudimentary outside toe. I just do what has always worked for me. This has been my experience as well, though I've not hatched nearly the same volume. But I would have to add that the feathering is "heavy" compared to other marans, but by no means Brahma or Cochin heavy. Some of my hens with a 2nd toe feather are borderline heavy.