Are my dark brahmas hens or roosters? Tail feathers?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by FirstLady, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. FirstLady

    FirstLady Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! My brahmas are about 2 weeks old. I also have a new hampshire red and two ducklings. Some of the Brahmas developed tail feathers and some did not.Can someone tell me if they are boys or girls based on this? Thanks so much!
     
  2. nittanyxi

    nittanyxi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, at 2 weeks old no one can tell you for sure. They do say that roos feather out later than pullets but that still isn't 100% true for all chicks or all breeds. I went through this last year with my first group of 25 chicks. Every week I was trying to figure out who was a roo and who wasn't. I posted pics and people would give me their opinion. Here is what I learned.

    No one can tell you for sure based on a pic of a chicken that has not reached maturity if it is a roo or a pullet.

    The only way to know for sure that it is a roo is when it crows.

    I have a RIR that I was worried was a Roo. I posted pics of it and everyone told me they were sure it was a roo. "look at those big legs" Look at those waddles" look at that comb" "look a the way it holds itself" . I was ready to make soup out of it.

    Today she is one of my best laying hens.
     

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