Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by anjbagley, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. anjbagley

    anjbagley Songster

    Aug 21, 2009
    Star Valley Wyoming
    Is it true if I watch my young cochins that the females will feather in a lot faster so I can sex them that way?
  2. iluvmychicks

    iluvmychicks Songster

    Mar 5, 2007
    From my experience with bantam cochins.......yes. The females will feather out more evenly.....back, tail, wings chest. The males feather out much slower across the back, many times the back is the last place they will get feathers. By the time they are old enough to put on their first hard feathers many times the males will already develop some redness to the comb, that's always a good sign you have a boy.

    Good luck,
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2009
  3. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    I have found that the pullets will feather out almost twice as fast in the main tail area they will get almost a full tail before the males will hardly start this is how mine is but on the rest of the body about the same I cant tell a difference but in the tail I can!
  4. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    My female cochin didn't follow this rule...both her and my male feathered the same. Didn't know he was a he until he crowed [​IMG]
  5. nursecat9

    nursecat9 Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    I thought this was true until about 6 of the birds that feathered out quickly with nice long tails started growing wattles and crowed! Do not depend on feather sexing! [​IMG]
  6. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Songster

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    Different lines and strains feather differently but usually u can see the difference after a few hatches!

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