Do all roosters take longer to become fully feathered?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by maddogdodge, Nov 27, 2014.

  1. maddogdodge

    maddogdodge Songster

    Apr 27, 2014
    Do all rooster's take longer to become fully feathered? Or is it just particular breeds? I had an australorp earlier this year who took forever to get his feathers and obviously, he was a rooster. At the moment i've got some Barnevelder chicks and some X breed chicks... I'm just wondering if feather development would be a acurate way of guessing sexes at this stage?

    Of course I'll be waiting until I'm absolutely 100% sure which ones are male before I make any decisions.

    Thanks in advance for peoples thoughts [​IMG]

  2. mtngirl35

    mtngirl35 Songster

    Dec 10, 2013
    I had 2 australorp roos and 2 barred rock roos. Three of them feathered out quickly but I had one australorp roo that took forever. What feathers he did have stuck out everywhere from his fuzz. He didn't start looking good until he was about 6 months old but I really don't know if its a breed thing or not. His brother feathered out right along with the BRs.
  3. maddogdodge

    maddogdodge Songster

    Apr 27, 2014
    Interesting, thanks!

    Looks like i'll just have to wait and see!
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    I had a loner hatch who was 3 days late hatching and is now 10 weeks and still not fully feathered. I still don't know if it's a roo/ There are more votes for roo than hen, but it's not obviouse. 3 weeks ago I hatched 13 babies, (one died) and the 12 buggers in there now are 3/4 feathered, even the ones I am almost certain of being roos. I am guessing they will finish feathering before my 10 week old. I know they say some roos feather out slower, but I am wondering in my case if the delayed developement/hatch is partly the reason for the delay in feathering. Almost all 12 are feathering (and are barnyard mixes) at about the same rate (and I better have some hens in there!)
  5. ThePRfan

    ThePRfan Songster

    Sep 27, 2014
    Maybe he wasn't hatched on time,and he is a few feathers behind.
  6. LanceTN

    LanceTN Chirping

    Aug 31, 2014
    All of my Astralorp roos feathered slower then the pullets.

    Don't have any other breeds to compare

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