Tail Feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BarredCometLaced, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For barred rocks, do the males or females tail feathers develop earlier?

    For any breed?
     
  2. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know if it is true for all breeds or even if it is just an old wives tale but I've read and heard that females develop tail feathers before males do. I'm personally hoping it's true as it would mean that I have more females than males. [​IMG]
     
  3. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu Got Mutts

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    Im not sure, but it can will always depend, since birds can feather out/grow differently than the next one.
     
  4. mallory2013

    mallory2013 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pullets (of different breeds but including a barred rock) started getting tail feathers before they even turned two weeks old, and the rooster is just now getting tail feathers. They are almost 4 weeks old now. [​IMG]
     
  5. RedDrgn

    RedDrgn Anachronistic Anomaly

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    I've got five chicks that are all supposed to be hens and all five already have tail feathers coming in....the welsummer and the ameraucana/EE (dunno which yet) most prominently.
     
  6. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how old are they?
     
  7. Cadjien_De_Louisiane

    Cadjien_De_Louisiane SWLA Gamefowl Breeder

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    I have guessed on most of mine and my father-inlaws chickens about the tail thing and most of our breads roos tail developed last.
     
  8. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Out of 5 orp chicks hatched, 2 got tail feathers really early and 3 did not. And I ended up with 2 hens and 3 roos. BUT... one of the ones that got a tail first turned out to be a roo, and one of the last to get a tail was a hen! On average though, most hens get tails first.
     

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