male/female?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by EmuMom, Mar 21, 2018.

  1. EmuMom

    EmuMom In the Brooder

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    I have 3 yearlings that have not been DNA tested yet... tests have been ordered. Anyone who has mature adults, have you noticed any trends with their tail size? I have 2 with short sparse tails and one with a long full tail. Does that mean anything? Or am I grasping at straws? lol
    See pictures below...


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    thin sparse tail
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  2. briefvisit

    briefvisit Songster

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    Never heard anyone suggest that toosh feathers help differentiate sex. What I can tell you is:

    if you get to observe a range of emus (in the wild), you'll see a surprising difference in their toosh feathers

    And as yearlings -- it's one of the reasons I especially like them at this age -- they do sometimes look rather out of proportion, certainly some have oversized toosh feathers.
     
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    briefvisit Songster

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    I went to photograph the two chicks 'in orbit' here -- tame-wild orphans of Eric; but they aren't here. So here are some photos from my archive:

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  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    tails look the same to me
     
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    briefvisit Songster

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    Tee hee: the picture of the chicks around the chair (which we used to gauge their height over time) is an example of toosh-outsizedness.

    Now check the photo of the chicks walking in line. Note the two chicks closest. Their tooshes are quite different in size.

    Now here are two more photos from the archive:

    20170924_162314.jpg 20170407_111358.jpg Different shaped tooshes?
     

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