Feathering Question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ThornyRidge, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. ThornyRidge

    ThornyRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe I read or heard somewhere once that allegedly pullets feather out more quickly than roos? Is this true? or is it the other way around.. I have mixed silkie/EE peeps that hatched a week and a half ago and some do appear to be feathering out quicker.. they are also with mom being raised strictly by her since these were a big oops!! she found a good hiding spot in the barn and hatched out 6 babies (one has since died) until I located her and the new hatched surprises and took the remaining unhatched eggs of nearly 9 away from her.. I also tried to do that wing thing when they were a day old and well that did not appear to go anywhere with me and I just don't see how possible to vent sex these little things.. can you tell I am praying for pullets.. I need more roosters like a hole in the head.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Some strains of pullets do feather faster, but that is IF and only IF the fast feathering female traits have been bred with slow feathering males so the chicks could be feather sexed as babies. If they were not bred fast/slow feathering, you can't tell.
     

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