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

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    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!!!!

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    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

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    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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