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baby chicks tail feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicken nanny, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. chicken nanny

    chicken nanny Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2009
    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
  2. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011

    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!
  3. AuntieE

    AuntieE Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Philipsburg, PA
    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. [​IMG]
  4. chicken nanny

    chicken nanny Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2009
    thanks for info, will see how this worrks out lol...

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