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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

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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
     
  2. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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!
     
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    AuntieE Chillin' With My Peeps

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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. [​IMG]
     
  4. chicken nanny

    chicken nanny Out Of The Brooder

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

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