Is it always possible to tell by the shape of their tails whether roo or pullet?

Vickilynn45

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Apr 16, 2012
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I have six 5 week old chicks. Four have tails shaped like praying hands- long and V-shaped. Then I have an EE with a short tail, but s/he doesn't stand upright like a rooster might- she's kind of barrel shaped lol. Then I have a Barred Rock that I go back and forth on. S/he stands more upright, and developed a comb earlier, and has shorter tail feathers too. But the comb isn't really getting any redder yet- sort of a fleshy pinky color. S/he also has been the last to lose the neck feathers. But the Barred Rock isn't as light as most roo's are at five weeks. I will have to post some photos. But my main ? is whether or not you can always tell by the tail?
 
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lsg1007

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Dec 2, 2009
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The tails depend on breed. Some breeds have longer (like leghorns) and others have shorter tails. Also I have one EE with a nice long tail, which I suspect the other would have had if the first had not ripped out all her tail feathers. Now she just has a short little tail sprout.
 

Vickilynn45

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Apr 16, 2012
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Thanks. :) I should probably take some photos to post so everyone can make a judgement from that.
 

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