Tail feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by dumb_cluck, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do cockerels develop tail feathers differently than pullets? Reason I'm asking is that of my 5 SS, four have tail feathers growing and one does not. Maybe too early to tell?
     
  2. rebecky1305

    rebecky1305 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you can post pics that might help with identification.
     
  3. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chick in the front near the brooder ball doesn't have tail feathers yet. They are all almost two weeks old.

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  4. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read that Roosters get their tail feathers after hens.
     
  5. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Uh oh........ I ordered all pullets.......... I guess the 10% rule applies? [​IMG]
     
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I've noticed that roos often develop feathers much more slowly than pullets in some breeds- but not all.

    If those were my Orps I'd say the one with the long tail was a pullet and the rest were cockerels. You'll have to band her and see if it works out that way!

    ETA- Our posts crossed! This is a good example, then of a breed in which it doesn't indicate anything, because I'm certain you didn't get all boys. I think the one is likely just a pullet who is a bit slow. I think SS are fairly reliable to sex by color and vent.
     
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  7. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WHEW! [​IMG]
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Too early to tell, but males seem to have very round bodies with lots of white on the chest and stubby tails. Females in that breed get tail feathers much longer, much sooner.
     
  9. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So from the picture, I "may" have 1 roo and 4 hens? What age can I really tell?
     

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