Can tails be used as an indicator of gender in *younger* chicks?

magicpigeon

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I bought three straight run Barter Black (Australorp x RIR) chicks last weekend. From what I gather they all look like girls, seeing as they had the smallest combs and the thinnest legs however I've just realsied one doesn't have a tail. Normally this wouldn't bug me so much but this one is also the bravest and friendliest
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I don't have great pics , I'll try to take more pics tomorrow
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They are about 2-3 weeks, too young I know
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Just if anyone else has used this method and how successful it is?
Thanks
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Chick1043

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I have noticed it's mostly the pullets that get tail feathers first. But then again I've had cockerels that grow their tail feathers first too.
 

nurse_turtle

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Not knowing if they all hatched on the same day, the tail is of no use is guessing gender. Even if they hatch 1 to 2 days apart, it will make a huge difference in feather development early on.
 

magicpigeon

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I did mention
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They all hatched on the same day, however there were more in the pen with significantly larger combs. I guess I'm just gettin' paranoid
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