Tail feathers sexing?

Josip

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It's my first time to raise chick's but I read it somewhere when they are 1 week old you can sex them by tail feathers development.. I just made video of 3 my favouritees so far. I have 16 chick's.
1. Nacked neck
2. One with dots on head
3. One's that's left.. 😂😂😂
It's early for name's beacuse I don't know sex yet.
Just asking is it possible to sex them now?


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I have never heard of this until today when I looked at your post. I have been raising poultry/chickens for over fifty years and have doubts on its accuracy. When I asked Google, this is what came up:


Tail Feather Growth – Accuracy around 70%
The chick on the right with significant tail growth is likely a pullet. After about 1 week of age, many pullets will start growing in tail feathers while cockerels will still have little fluffy butts. This is one of the early indicators of gender.

I hope this helps you.
 

Josip

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I also read it somewhere , and post here just asking is anyone know anything more or practising this method.
 

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Tail Feather Growth – Accuracy around 70%
The chick on the right with significant tail growth is likely a pullet. After about 1 week of age, many pullets will start growing in tail feathers while cockerels will still have little fluffy butts. This is one of the early indicators of gender.
Where did you get this info?
Wonders if it's really only as accurate as wing feather sexing...50/50?
 

Kaytlin

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I've noticed that generally roosters take longer than their female counterparts to grow tail feathers. It's been the case for all the roosters I've had.

Here's my sexed Wyandotte "pullet" that hatched in August (actual female behind him for comparison)
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It's a decent method to get a hunch of what you might have before they can be properly sexed (ie less than 4 weeks). Of course there could be pullets who develop slower than others; a 70% accuracy sounds about right to me.
 

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