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Long developed tail feathers in 2 week old leghorn chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by finlay225, Mar 28, 2016.

  1. finlay225

    finlay225 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi just wondering if anyone can advise me........i've got 7 brown leghorn chicks (2 weeks old today). 5 chicks have long developed tail feathers and 2 have short bearly developed ones. Just wondering if I have got 5 females, as i've read their feathers develop faster. Such a diffence though. Any advice always greatly appreciated :)
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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    I think you need to relax. At 2 weeks in Leghorns, it's too early to tell gender from tail feathers.
     
  3. azygous

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    Don't panic yet! It may mean only that there is significant difference between hatch times.

    However, BOLO for combs turning pinkish while others have yellowish combs. That's more of a give away than tail feathers.

    But you'll need to be patient for another couple weeks.
     
  4. finlay225

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    Many thanks for reply! No not stressed at all, just curious;)
     
  5. ChickenCanoe

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    The difference in tail feathers will likely show after the males' combs become more dominant. Then the males will have curved tails with pointy feathering.
     
  6. finlay225

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    Thanks, will see how they develop and i'm sure that i'll be posting some pics in the near future to help me identify the roos & pullets! :)
     

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