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Long developed tail feathers in 2 week old leghorn chicks?

post #1 of 6
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Hi just wondering if anyone can advise me........i've got 7 brown leghorn chicks (2 weeks old today). 5 chicks have long developed tail feathers and 2 have short bearly developed ones. Just wondering if I have got 5 females, as i've read their feathers develop faster. Such a diffence though. Any advice always greatly appreciated :-)
post #2 of 6

I think you need to relax. At 2 weeks in Leghorns, it's too early to tell gender from tail feathers.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #3 of 6

Don't panic yet! It may mean only that there is significant difference between hatch times.

 

However, BOLO for combs turning pinkish while others have yellowish combs. That's more of a give away than tail feathers.

 

But you'll need to be patient for another couple weeks.

post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 
Many thanks for reply! No not stressed at all, just curious;)
post #5 of 6

The difference in tail feathers will likely show after the males' combs become more dominant. Then the males will have curved tails with pointy feathering.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks, will see how they develop and i'm sure that i'll be posting some pics in the near future to help me identify the roos & pullets! :-)
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