Tail feathers?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by suzanneandlucas, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. suzanneandlucas

    suzanneandlucas Hatching

    Apr 20, 2008
    I have twelve two week old chicks - all with growing wing feathers, but only some seem to have tail feathers - is this because some are just further ahead, or a sign of something else?
  2. lauralou

    lauralou Songster

    Dec 10, 2007
    Central Virginia
    What breeds are they?

    I have 4 different breeds, and they feathered in at different rates. My gold sex links were very slow to get their feathers, but were always large, healthy chicks.
  3. My rooster is a month old and still has almost no tail feathers, lol. Not saying yours are roos, they do all develop at a slightly different rate. That's what I noticed with my reds.
  4. Red

    Red Songster

    Mar 17, 2007
    We had one chick who had no tail feathers at all, and he was also feathering out slowly everywhere else too...I think chicks just feather out differently from each other [​IMG]
  5. chickiepoo

    chickiepoo Songster

    Jun 28, 2007
    coastal South Carolina
    If they are all of the same breed it could be the first indication of differences between pullets and cockerels. If they are different breeds, I don't know. Except if you see difference in the tail feathers within the same breed, same thing with the cockerels and pullets. I have read, haven't observed it yet, that in some breeds pullets will get tail feathers before the cockerels.[​IMG]

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