Is it true that roosters get feathers slower?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by beaglelover26, Mar 13, 2011.

  1. beaglelover26

    beaglelover26 In the Brooder

    Mar 8, 2011
    Hudson/New Port Richey
    I have 8 straight run chicks 6 RIR and 2 Barred rocks. well one barred rock and one rir are not as feathered as the rest when they are the same age i know. wondered if this is a sign that they may be roosters... just out of curiousity
  2. wannabchick

    wannabchick Songster

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    They do say, roosters feather in slower..but I have 1 black maran
    Out of 4 wheaten marans and interesting, for some reason I think it's a rooster and yet it is the fastest to feather in..iam hoping it's a girl..but I have this feeling it's a rooster

    So if the whole rooster feathers in slower...and the one I think is a roo and feathered in fasted, turns out to be a roo then that will all be a myth to me from now on

    Good luck

  3. marcumbackyardfarms

    marcumbackyardfarms In the Brooder

    Jan 10, 2011
    To me it always seems my roos feather faster than any other? Maybe I just think that. Right now I have three roos out of 9 chicks that were easy to spot. They grew tail feathers, combs and feathered faster than the rest. They are aggressive and square off with every other chick in the brooder. They are only a month old but they are easy to spot it seems.
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    If it were always the case, people would be able to sex them a lot more often and not be wrong. [​IMG] I've got males here that feather in the same, faster, or slower. . . It can vary.
  5. allpeepedout

    allpeepedout Songster

    Mar 2, 2011
    Southern Indiana
    I have my first baby roo BR and he feathered rapidly on wings, perhaps ahead of girls, but not tail. That was noticeably behind the girls, several days slower, and set at a different angle when it did.

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