Do different feathers mean I have a roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by JHaller, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. JHaller

    JHaller Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 23, 2008
    Austin TX
    I notice a distinct difference in the size and shape of the wing feathers on these 8-day-old Golden Lakenvelder chicks. I ordered pullets, but two of the five Gold chicks have the shorter wing feathers. I also have five Silver Lakenvelder chicks, all of whom have the longer feather pattern.

    Do I have a rooster here? I think the birds all came from the same hatch. What else could account for these differences?


    Thanks for any help,

  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I am SO not an expert on this (just looknig for excuses to kill time at computer instead of going back outside and digging more drainage ditches [​IMG]) but I'd say it is likely to be just meaningless variation. The chicks that I've had have varied considerably in how fast they feathered in, without it relating in any obvious way to gender.

    But then what do I know [​IMG]

    Have fun,

  3. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

    Jun 27, 2008
    Southeast AR
    I think it's possible that you have a rooster. In my experience, they do feather out slower than the pullets.

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