Speckled Sussex feathering

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BearSwampChick, Jun 4, 2008.

  1. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Does having white feathers on the outside of the wings have any bearing on male or female?
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Nope, not that I've ever seen. The cockerels sure have upright perky tails and rounder, fatter bodies, while the pullets hold their tails more horizontal in line with their backs. Im sure I could hunt down my SS pics of my group I had to show you if you like.
     
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  3. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Oh, man, the tail thing makes me think Little Feather is a guy! It's been standing up since about 2 or 3 weeks. Here's a pic at 6 weeks:

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  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yours looks like a pullet. Her tail is too long to really look like a cockerel. Mine had perky tails, but very short tails. Here is one of my pullets then my cockerels. My cockerels had much more white on their bodies, too.
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  5. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Okay, then the other one is a roo, because he/she is so much less mature than the pullet and the tail is short, but PERKY!

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  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I'll try and take some pictures of mine tomorrow. They're about the same size it looks like and the roos and pullets look very different.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Its hard to describe unless you see a group. The cockerels look like softballs with short perky tails. The pullets have more streamlined bodies, less white and longer tails. They may tilt upward, but they seem to stand out to the rear then at the end, tilt up.
     
  8. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Thanks, Katy, I would appreciate that. And, Cyn, as always thanks for your help. If you could just take one last look at the last picture for me and give me an idea. Thank you, thank you!

    Susan
     
  9. BearSwampChick

    BearSwampChick Chicken Sensei

    Jan 10, 2008
    Marysville, OH
    Oh, sorry, Cyn, I guess we were posting at the same time.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    It's hard to tell from that angle. Also, look at the legs. The boys have thicker legs. One of my cockerels had a more pullet-y tail, but only one of them. The following first two pics are a cockerel at about 8 weeks old then the next pic shows a pullet with the rear end of a cockerel.
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