early tail feathers = roo?? 10 day old PICS

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by opihiman911, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. opihiman911

    opihiman911 Songster

    Mar 19, 2007
    Here are some pics of my 10 day old hatch. They are supposed to be a mix of pure breed austraulop and white orpington, some pure , some mixed. I definately got 2 austrolorps there, one mixed half half, and maybe one white orp.

    I was wondering if those 2 chicks with early tail feathers and wing feathers mean its a roo?? They are only 10 days old and those tail feather came in 2-3 days ago, when they were a week old. The other 2 still have puff ball tails.
    Either way I will be happy with a 50/50 mix.


    Last edited: Dec 14, 2007
  2. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    I'm not sure how it's worked out for others, but it seems that most of the ones that I've had that got their tail feathers first ended up being female. It works for me with about 90% of the time. At hatch, some breeds have longer wing pin feathers, which indicate females, but I'm not sure what all breeds this is reliable for.
  3. chickenlady

    chickenlady Songster

    Aug 28, 2007
    Stillwater, NJ
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    Yeah, all my standards had little tails real fast! girls
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2007
  5. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Songster

    Apr 5, 2007
    Ditto on the other posts. Although not all of my slow feather-ers were boys.. if that makes sense.

    Cute chicks!

    Last edited: Dec 14, 2007
  6. luvzmybabz

    luvzmybabz Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    I marked mt chick with slow growing tail feathers and 4 weeks later well it's a BOY he is even starting to attempt to crow Hiliarious! and his comb is alot bigger then the others.

  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    In general, boys feather in slower than the girls in many breeds like Orpingtons. The first to get tails are usually the girls. If you have some who are almost bare on the back, losing fuzz faster than the feathers come in, those are probably the boys.

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