Do a pullet's feathers come in faster

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by horsejody, Mar 13, 2008.

  1. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

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    I have 3 Jersey Giants that hatched Feb. 28th. One of them has feathers that are coming in much faster than the others. Is this a sign of a pullet?
     
  2. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes. i think so?
     
  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Tail feathers first are a "sign" of a pullet.
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    It seems like my pullets get their wing and tail feathers faster than the roos.
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Many strains of birds were bred to be fast/slow feathering so they could be feather sexed at birth. The females were bred to be fast feathering and males bred to be slow feathering. When they are crossed, you get feather sexable chicks. I think that this female trait does get passed on to some extent and thus why so many female chicks feather faster. However, I don't know if it does or will hold true for all brids/generations.
     
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    In my case, it's always the boys that feather faster than the girls. [​IMG]
     
  7. Stormhorse23

    Stormhorse23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Me too! Me too!
     
  8. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    It really depends on the breed. I find cochins are like that, but many of my bantams feather the same for both sexes. I wouldn't rely on this technique to be 100%
     
  9. Alleyoops25

    Alleyoops25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My nieghbor swears by sexing chicks that way. I am not so sure though. Last year sh thought had four little roo's which I bought as pullets and ar well now hens.
     

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