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Is my RIR with no tail feathers a male?

post #1 of 5
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These two Rhode Island Reds are about 10 or 11 days old. I bought them at the feed store and both were to be pullets. One has pretty long tail feathers and the other has none.  All four of my female Cream Legbars have tail feathers as well. Thanks!

 

 

No tail feathers

 

 

 

 

Tail feathers

 

post #2 of 5

too soon to tell

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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 5
It looks like the second one is just feathering faster. It's too early to tell gender yet.
post #4 of 5

Feathering sexing and development only works on lines that have been bred for that trait, and only within that line.

 

With feed store chicks, you get chicks that were hatched at different times from a broad range of lines.  You never really know what the ages (and sometimes breeds) are in the bins.

 

Comb color and size is a much better indicator. If one of them begins to quickly develop comb, which pinks and reddens by 4 weeks of age, you've got yourself a roo. By 6 weeks of age, there will be a pretty substantial difference in comb size and color between roos and pullets for most breeds, but especially RIR/PR's.

 

Right now, nothing is screaming roo....time will tell.

 

LofMc


Edited by Lady of McCamley - 4/30/16 at 12:36pm
Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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post #5 of 5

agree with LofMc

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