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These are my first chicks- I have 10 total, there are 4 easter eggers and 6 olive eggers. They are all between 1-2 weeks old. 

 

I noticed that some of them have... what seem to be rooster plume feathers growing near their rear ends. Is this a way to sex chickens? Some of them of the same age do not have these feathers which makes me think it is rooster specific 

 

I have posted some pics for reference. First pic chick one (if this theory is correct) would be a hen while chick 2 could be a rooster.

 

Pic 2.. This chick is the biggest of all the chicks which already made him a rooster suspect, and he is kind of a ********. He has big feathers that stick out from his rump. 

 

Am I totally off with this theory?

 

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While cockerels 5-10 weeks may have curled tail feathers and cockerels 10-12+ weeks will develop sickles, except in breeds with the sex-linked slow feathering gene, this type of feather sexing is not accurate in birds this young. Even in older birds, hens may sometimes grow curved tails (though never real sickles).

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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While cockerels 5-10 weeks may have curled tail feathers and cockerels 10-12+ weeks will develop sickles, except in breeds with the sex-linked slow feathering gene, this type of feather sexing is not accurate in birds this young. Even in older birds, hens may sometimes grow curved tails (though never real sickles).

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Not at all reliable, but I've found that females typically grow out their feathers faster than males.  You'll have a better indication of gender when they get a bit older.  

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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