orpingtons without tail feathers? indicator of sex?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hoppy, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    I have several orpingtons that at 9 weeks, still have no tail feathers, they are fully feathered otherwise. I've never had orps without tails and these are from eggs I bought online. could this be a male trait? no one is pulling out the feathers, they just never have had them. they have, or carry lavender and some carry brown genes but not all.

    editted to add: slow feathering gene- could this lack of a tail be the slow feathering gene and be an indicator of male sex? some are showing they are obviously cockerals and some I don't think are developed enough to say which sex.
     
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  2. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:well this is also present on Cochin lines, I would just wait and let them grow the tail feathers.. I am sure they are not rumpless...[​IMG]
     
  3. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    Quote:well this is also present on Cochin lines, I would just wait and let them grow the tail feathers.. I am sure they are not rumpless...[​IMG]

    I wasn't so worried about them being rumpless as could it be a male trait for easier sexing?
     
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