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Hello all,does anyone know,at 3 weeks  old doeslonger tail feathers mean any thingabout sex of chicks.. I been told females has loner tail feather....
    Any truth to this?? Thanks for help

post #2 of 4

Hi!

There is some truth to it, but it is dependant on the breed as well. (I had a Cochin rooster who developed as fast as my girls).  On most breeds, the rooster feathers more slowly than the females, especially in the tail.  I had a Golden Comet that looked so bedraggled and rumpy because he didn't start getting his tail until he was 7 weeks old!

"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
Joey Santiago
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"It's easy. You draw a red line on the ground, right? Then you wait for a chicken to come along. When he arrives, he puts his beak right on the line and he's hypnotized!"
Joey Santiago
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I've been confused about that as well.  I have 6 black australorps that are just over a month old.  At first I had 2 whose tail feathers were coming in much more quickly.  I thought they were pullets and the other 4 were roos.  But now the 2 with the longer tail feathers have much larger red combs, and wattles are forming.  So now I think I have 2 roos and 4 pullets.  It would be nice to know for sure, but I guess time will tell. smile

Wife to DH, mom to 3 DS & 1 DD-ages 7,5,4,&3, and our dog Duncan.   2 BAs: Lulu & Noodle, 4 Production Reds: Bluebell, Violet, Daisy, & Rose

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Wife to DH, mom to 3 DS & 1 DD-ages 7,5,4,&3, and our dog Duncan.   2 BAs: Lulu & Noodle, 4 Production Reds: Bluebell, Violet, Daisy, & Rose

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Mother Teresa
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thanks for info, will see how this worrks out    lol...

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