Tail Feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Santa Walt, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Santa Walt

    Santa Walt In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2010
    I am new at this chicken business, but already am having lots of fun, mostly. They are a lot of work.

    I just got 25 mixed-run Delaware chicks a week ago to day. I have noticed that some of the chicks are already showing tail feathers, while most are not. I have one other Delaware that is 4-5 weeks old and doesn't have the tail feathers some of these chicks have. Does this mean anything? Would the ones already showing tail feathers be males?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Not necessarily. In alot of breeds, pullets tend to feather in faster than cockerels and that includes the tail feathers. Best bet is to wait until they are closer to 6 weeks old. Then with more than one of a breed to compare the differences really start to stand out.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2010

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