Are BRs slower to feather out than most, or do I have all roos?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lceh, May 6, 2009.

  1. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three 4-week-old BR bantams who are WAY behind my EEs and D'uccles (same age) in feathering. The EEs and D'uccles are nearly completely feathered (boys and girls), while the BRs are just now starting to get a line of feathers down their backs. They have some wing feathers, but they're still mostly downy. I have banty buff Brahmas and white Wyandottes who are a week younger and have a LOT more feathers than these 3 (and I know some of them are roos!). I started with 5 and used all the BR sexing tips to give away 2, but these guys (gals?) are so late to feather out I'm wondering if I screwed up. I can't see any pink in their combs yet. Are they just a slow feathering breed?
     
  2. gkeesling

    gkeesling Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BR's (not bantams though) were feathered at 5 weeks and I took them out of the brooder pen and put them in their coop.
     
  3. chickenguysmom

    chickenguysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am in the same boat as you. I have d'Uccles that mostly have wing feathers, tail feathers and are starting on back/chest feathers. Bantam EE's are at the same point. All are 12 days old. Most of those guys have been able to fly over the brooder wall (15-18" high) for about the last four days.

    Then I have 3 Bantam Silver Laced Rocks that look like babies. Just started to have wing feathers poke through and still look puffy on their butts. No tail feathers to speak of. In addition they have the biggest combs of all of them. Do I have roosters too?
     

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