Is it possible to tell from the tail?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wbruder17, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    I've read some threads about being able to tell a pullet from a cockerel by the way they hold their tail. I have 2 EE pullets, one I hatched and one that is supposed to be sexed.

    Pullet hatched: bigger, friendlier and a wide-spread tail when off balance.

    Pullet" sexed": significantly smaller, more flighty and a pointed tail that does not flail when offbalance.

    I know enough to say that if it crows its a boy. Pointy "saddle" feathers = boy.

    Any other way to tell?
  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I look at the thickness of the beak at the base, more nostril cartilage, and steeper angle and say boy...

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