do male chicks have shorter wings at first???

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by PurplePoppiPpl, May 22, 2012.

  1. PurplePoppiPpl

    PurplePoppiPpl Chirping

    Mar 31, 2012
    North Western Wisconsin
    i thought i read some where that males will have slower wing growth, and i just noticed that some of my week olds have way shorter wing feathers so far...
  2. Jferlisi

    Jferlisi i dont eat chicken!!!!

    Nov 2, 2010
    Menifee CA
    No, i believe it meditereanian (sp) breeds the males have slower feathering rate to the females. Not all breeds do. Its called feather sexing.
  3. Pele

    Pele Songster

    Feb 25, 2011
    Agreed, you can only rely on that if the line of birds you bought from has been bred that way. (it's like breeding for a certain color, foot, etc, all genetic). In many breeds, primary feathers grow the same on females and males.

    However, in most breeds, males DO have a tendency to be slower on feathering all over than the females. It's not a perfect rule, but it is a definite pattern. It's most obvious in the tail during their first week. Males tend to hold off on growing their tails until week 2 or 3. Females will start in on it right away.

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