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#110085 - 07/14/13 07:34 PM What is shafting?
Tierney Offline
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Registered: 07/14/13
Posts: 1
Loc: Indiana
Hi. I'm doing poultry showmanship tomorrow and want to be ready. This is my last year in 4-H and I do not know the exact definition of shafting. I think it has something to do with the shaft and the barb colors on the feather? What breeds have this? On what breeds is this a disqualification?


Edited by Tierney (07/14/13 07:42 PM)

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#110086 - 07/14/13 10:08 PM Re: What is shafting? [Re: Tierney]
CJR Offline
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Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 8483
Loc: Montana
The shaft is the "center stem" of the feathers and the term "shafting" is used to describe the effect of the visible shaft of the feathers on the body, especially of the females of many varieties.
It is undesireable to have a shaft be clear or of a color that does not match the body color of the feathers--it is the center of each feather. Most variety STandards want the body color to be solid one color or pattern without those contrasting light colored feather shafts....Kind of a long description, wish I could attach a picture, but you will know it when you see it on a bird! CJR

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