Tail feathers

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by johnsonchandler, Mar 8, 2015.

  1. johnsonchandler

    johnsonchandler Out Of The Brooder

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    This may be a ridiculous question but I have to ask. I have some 5-6 week old chicks and I was curious if the way the tail feathers were held would indicate gender. Most of the chicks are Easter eggers so determining gender isn't real easy. Most of the chicks hold their tail feathers high, but I have two that keep them running with shape of their backs.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Not the way the tail is held but the way the feathers grow in. Pullet feathers are rounded. Cockerel feathers will be pointier on tails, wings and hackles. The tail feathers will also be longer and curve.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    But those don't come in until about 4 months old.

    Don't think the tail shape tells much at 5-6 weeks old, not on a bird like an EE which could be many different crosses.
     
  4. johnsonchandler

    johnsonchandler Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. I was hoping I was onto something
     

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