Can you feather sex young polish chickens?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by OkieAngela, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. OkieAngela

    OkieAngela New Egg

    Nov 7, 2016
    New to polish chickens. Is it only their crests that you can truly tell if it's a pullet or cockrel? I'm seeing a difference in some of the tails. A couple are really pointy with all long feathers and others have almost a V shape where a couple of feathers are shorter on top. I took pics of just the tails, then the entire bird. I know the brown one is a cockerel. I'm questioning the silver laced one. They are about 6-7 weeks old. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][/IMG][/IMG][/IMG]
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2016
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
  3. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

    Jan 10, 2013
    [​IMG] so glad you have joined us.

    I have no experience with Polish Chickens, hope they are what you wanted.

    But, they are all so cute.
  4. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic Premium Member

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Hi and [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us! I don't much about sexing Polish chicks either but you have been given a great link to sexing Polish. I hope you enjoy BYC and best wishes! [​IMG]
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I doubt that you can feather sex polish. I've heard they are about as difficult to sex as silkies. You can post photos at "what breed or gender is this." They will probably tell you to post new photos in a few weeks because they are so young. They are real cuties though.
  6. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! I'm afraid you can't feather sex polish chicks. They are notoriously hard to sex and can often keep you guessing for up to 6 months.
    At 6-7 weeks it's a tad early to say for sure what your polish are yet. Your gold lace does have a rather pronounced tail which could indicate but nothing set in stone yet. Have you heard it crow yet?

    Good luck with your birds and enjoy BYC :frow
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! You've gotten good advice and links, so I'll just say hi! :frow
  8. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado
    Welcome :)

    Your polish are a bit too young yet. Like mentioned, they're a lot like silkies and can't accurately be sexed without their crest(the poof at the top of their head) and comb start being more pronounced. When they do, the most distinguishable trait I've noticed, is the crest will be more rounded and soft in a female, and a cockerel will have a crest that sweeps back and his comb will become visible. You might even be able to see his eyes lol ;)

    6 months of age is when you'd know for certain, unless you hear a crow or see an egg before that.

    They're cool birds; very skittish but the quirkiest personalities; I love mine, they crack me up with their strange chattering :D
  9. OkieAngela

    OkieAngela New Egg

    Nov 7, 2016
    I love them all so much already. They all fight to be first to climb on my hand in the mornings. So far, I'm really only seeing one that likes to be pushy. I'll try to post more pics at a later date. I'm still curious about the different tails.
  10. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 14, 2015
    Northern Colorado
    I'm curious too.. The silver laced one has a crest that sweeps to the back already... I didn't pay attention to tails on mine or I would probably assume it was a cockerel just by it's crest. But I've been wrong many times trying to judge just by feathering.

    Update when you find out for sure, that way we can come back to this thread and see the difference when they were younger. (Helps out others when they do a search, as well)
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2016

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