CHICK - LONGER Tail Feathers- Roo or Hen? PIX also...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Junkmanme, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    If a Four Week old chick has longer tail-feathers than its siblings, does this indicate a Roo or Hen or nothing at all?

    Three chicks are whitish colored, 1 is buff like the Momma. The Daddy is a Red Sex-Link, Momma is a Buff Orpington.

    Pix are on a subsequent post here. [​IMG]

    Last edited: Sep 29, 2009

  2. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    In my Dels and Partridge Rocks - that's a girl. In my barred mixes it would depend on other feathering as well.
    Since it can be both breed and line dependent, once you've CROSSED you're generally ...well, screwed...
  3. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    The buff chick has longer tail-feathers than the others, and I need another Rooster, so I'm hoping that this one is a Roo. Apparently, ONLY TIME will "spill the truth".

    I reckon I'll know by Christmas.......ha-ha! [​IMG]

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
  4. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    That they stick up, like a hen-tail, or droop, like a roo-tail? Look at the feathers on the neck, too, and in the saddle area, just in front of the tail, and see if they're rounded or pointy. Roos have pointy feathers in those areas, but sometimes the points don't show up when they first feather out. It can take a little while sometimes, to see them.

    Got pics? I've had a bugger of a time I.D.'ing gender in young birds, but I'm getting a lot better at it than I used to be. How old are these chicks?

  5. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    Here are some PIX taken with my cheap, ole JamCam3. Not good quality pix, but it's what I can do digitally:




    These chicks were hatch by their Momma, the broody Buff Orpington hen, Mopsy, Four Weeks ago. [​IMG] [​IMG]

  6. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    In cochins, the chicks with the fuller tail feathering are pullets. The cockerels always take longer to feather out and go through a real gawky stage. Is gawky a word? [​IMG]

    I think yours are old enough to use the comb method. A cockerels comb will redden early. A pullets won't until she's nearing laying age. The pics are a bit too grainy for me to see but maybe you can.

    If I had to guess, I would say in the first pic, the white one closest to the camera and the red one are both cockerels. eta: then looking at the last pic, the red one looks like a pullet with the full tail and rounded saddle feathers ???
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  7. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
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  8. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    MY WHOOPS! on posting on the WRONG Forum. [​IMG]

    I wish it were the ONLY mistake I've made in my life. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Oh well, it IS what it IS. [​IMG]

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG] [​IMG]
  9. Sillystunt

    Sillystunt Master of the Silly

    Jul 11, 2008
    Winter Haven, FL
    [​IMG] i just know some patrol that one and peg them good! They have skillz with that stuff. No need to worry or YELL. Lol

  10. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Songster

    I don't understand the previous post at all. Ignorant me.[​IMG]

    [​IMG] -Junkmanme- [​IMG]

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