Stumpy tail feathers = Roo??

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by eulou, May 28, 2011.

  1. eulou

    eulou New Egg

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    I currently have 5 baby chicks that are just a little over two weeks old. They were all supposed to be pullets. All of them are growing nice straight tail feathers about 2" long, except for the speckled sussex which has barely grown a tail at all. Is this a sure sign that it's a Roo? I will be so disappointed as I had been wanting a speckled sussex the most!
     
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  2. KaneMoa

    KaneMoa Out Of The Brooder

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    Less tail feathers means its probably a pullet.
     
  3. PetRock

    PetRock Overrun With Chickens

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    I am interested in the answer to this, too! I have three 2 week old Speckled Sussex chicks that came from the pullet bin at the feed store. One is a little smaller than the other two and has smaller tail feathers. I'm hoping that all three are pullets!
     
  4. mrchicken

    mrchicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Speckled Sussexes have less tail growth.
    I think that she is a pullet.
     
  5. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some breeds do not mature as fast as others, Depends on the breed.
     
  6. kingsfarm

    kingsfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cockerals slower to feather.....
     
  7. AlleysScrambledFarm

    AlleysScrambledFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    How about Buff Orps? Mine are 5 weeks. One has a more pinker crown and developed its little hanging side flaps on chin. The others do not have quite the red color in theres and not side chin flaps yet. As for feathers its a difficult call in determining difference in them. The one that is redder also has thicker hawks but no sign of spurs. Any ideas? [​IMG]
     
  8. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    My SS grew a tail very quickly just like the others. I'm assuming you may have a roo.
     
  9. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With many breeds of chickens the males feather in slower than the females, but not all. And as others have mentioned some breeds feather in slower in general than others.
     
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I hatched one batch of SS chicks. Six cockerels and two pullets. Both pullets had long tails, leaner bodies. Males had lots of white in the chest area, very round bodies and super stumpy tails.
     

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