Tail feathers?

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

  1. suzanneandlucas

    suzanneandlucas Hatching

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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