Do pullets get long tail feathers too??? *Pics Inside*

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by gumpsgirl, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I am a first time chick mommy and am wondering if the RIR pullets get long tail feathers too? My babies are 2 weeks old and most of them are getting long tail feathers. I am hoping that most of them are pullets and not roos.[​IMG] Do the long tail feathers at this age indicate that they might be roos??? I am posting a picture to show you what I mean. Thanks to all for your opinions!

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  2. WillsMama93

    WillsMama93 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm curios about this one too, as my RIR has really got some tail feathers going!!
     
  3. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Our experience with RIRs is that the pullets get long tail feathers earlier and the roos had little teeny fuzz for a long time. But it may have just been because of the line they came from that had a slow feathering gene. Keep an eye on the short tailed ones and see if they turn out to be roos. Their comb and waddles will be turning red here in the next week or three if they are.
     
  4. lurky

    lurky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Western MA
    I have heard that the boys tails grow in slower than the girls... But it ok... They all get tail feathers [​IMG]
     
  5. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR
    I have two 4 1/2 week old RIR chicks and the female has longer feathers then the male does. Both were sexed as pullets, but with the way he stands and his comb length...I think someone screwed up at the hatchery... [​IMG]
     
  6. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:WOO-HOO![​IMG] That is what I was hoping for! I have two or three chicks that still have the fuzz where the tail should be. The other 9 or 10 have the long tail feathers. There is one that still has a fuzzy behind and I swear up and down that one has to be a rooster, because he's so darn feisty! We'll just cross our fingers and keep watching![​IMG] Thanks for the information. It's the best I've had all day![​IMG]
     
  7. Red

    Red Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is interesting, our RIR chicks are just over a week old and i've noticed some are feathering faster than others. One chick who we believe has already tried crowing is feathering particularly slowly, his feathers haven't really started growing yet especially not his tail feathers.

    Do all chicks 'playfight' and square up to each other, or is this purely a roo thing?? Sorry to thread-jack... [​IMG]
     
  8. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    near Charlotte NC
    All chicks do the chest bump/strut thing regardless of gender.
     
  9. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Missouri
    I read on a link that someone posted on here about sexing RIR chicks, and apparently this technique was 85% effective....it said that RIR pullets have a small black stripe on their heads as chicks, whereas the roos do not.....the essay said it was only 85% effective, so it's not always right, but I think 85% is better than 50-50!!! LOL!!!
     
  10. Red

    Red Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, phew that's a relief! [​IMG]
     

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