Tail Feather Question

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jmtcmkb, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2011
    New Hampshire
    I know picture is best, I havent been able to get a good one yet.. My question is on Barred Rocks can the tail feathers get curvy on females as well as males? My 12 week old has the same size comb and wattles as everyone else ( I have 2 red sex link pullets) had all the female markings as a baby- dark wash down front of legs, small white head spot, darker color etc.

    Her tail feathers seem to be coming in curved downward, just look a bit different than the other girls, same size tail, just donw curve to them.. BO, BA and 2 red sex links are what I have to compare her to. I dont see anything else that would make me think she's a rooster- she still has a baby chirp while the others have much deeper "voices" I will try and link a picture, but wanted to ask [​IMG] Barred Rocks pullets can have curvy tail feathers.


    Best one I have of her tail...

    one more a head shot, I know its an awful pic but its best I have

    Last edited: Dec 23, 2011
  2. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    I have 3 BR pullets, a couple weeks older than yours. One has a "normal" tail:

    The other 2 have slightly curvy feathers, just like your girl:

    So in direct answer to your question, yes, pullets can have curvy tail feathers. Just not so much as the males. [​IMG]
  3. jmtcmkb

    jmtcmkb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2011
    New Hampshire
    Phew thank you [​IMG]
  4. farmerChef

    farmerChef Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern Georgia
    My Coop
    If its a roo, then the hackle(neck) and saddle(back) feathers will start coming in long and pointy.

    Like this
  5. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    can you get a full body shot from the side. from the pics you have given it appears to be a pullet
  6. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2010
    S.E. Michigan
    I have 2 BR pullets and one has a more curved tail than the other.
    Yours look like pretty pullets [​IMG]

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