Tail feathers

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Rommy, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. Rommy

    Rommy Chirping

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    Hi, My chicks are maybe a little over a week old. Got them at TSC Saturday the 13th and they had been brought in maybe a few days earlier. My RIR's are starting to develop tail feathers already and they are supposed to be Pullets..is this normal for a hen this early?
     
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  2. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    All chickens grow at their own rates. Some feather in quicker than others... some breeds feather quicker than other breeds. It does not, however, indicate whether this is a cockerel or a pullet.
     
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  3. Rommy

    Rommy Chirping

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    Thank you Frazzemrat11
     
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  4. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    Couldn't agree more
     
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  5. MountainWoman73

    MountainWoman73 Chirping

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    It's normal for chicks to develop tail feathers at around a week old. It doesn't mean anything. But early tail feathers can be a good thing. Cockerels are sometimes slower to develop their tail feathers.
     
  6. Rommy

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    Thank You :)
     
  7. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    So do some pullets, which is why its not a good indicator of gender.
     
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