Is the feathering out of chicks have any relation to their gender? I hatched 5 chicks about 10 days ago. I had found an older post about checking wing feathers at 3-4 days of age (hens having more than roos). With that approach, I think I have 3 hens and 2 roos. I realize this isn't a guaranteed method or anything, but thought I'd try the early sexing just to see if it works. I have 2 Blue Copper Marans, 2 Black Copper Marans and 1 Splash Orpington. But I've noticed that one of the BCM has major tail feathering going on that the other 4 do not. A recent post mentioned that a pullet will start getting tail feathers earlier than a cockerel. This scares me to think I have 4 roos and only 1 hen! How much is breed a factor in how the feathering out takes place? I'm still going to contend that the first to hatch - the splash orp - is a roo. He's been nasty and mean since he hatched! What a shame as he's going to be gorgeous, but he can't stick around if he's mean. Anyways, just looking for comments on the feathering out of chicks and their relation to their gender. Again, it's more just for fun to see these methods/theories work. Thanks in advance!