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Tailfeathers look like devil horns

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BBB454, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. BBB454

    BBB454 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two 6 1/2 week old chicks and I thought the black one was a cockerel and the brown one a pullet. Do these "devil tail feathers" indicate the sex?

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    I haven't noticed them on the other 4 chicks, their middle tail feathers appear to be longer than the outside ones, like this:
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  2. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm guessing it is likely they are males, although I've never noticed the "devil horns" before (probably "lesser sickles" coming in). The BR looks like a cockerel. Show a picture of the Red's head profile and that will help.
     
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  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    I think that is more of an indication of a juvenile partial molt, than gender. The barred Rock's comb is a very reliable indicator that it is a cockerel.
     
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  4. BBB454

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    Here is Layla's profile (Sparky the EE is behind her).
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    And here is Ben's profile
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  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Layla is a pullet. Sparky the Easter Egger has huge red wattles, so probably cockerel with that one. Ben is definitely a cockerel. A few of my 18 week old barred Rocks don't even have combs that big.
     
  6. Toddrick

    Toddrick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It may be too early to tell on the Red one. It still has the chipmunk feathers, so I'm guessing 4-6 weeks?
     
  7. BBB454

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    They're all 6 1/2 weeks old.
     
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    Ben's comb is starting to fade out - the tips aren't bright red anymore, more like a yellowish orange. Does that mean anything? Here's a close-up.[​IMG]
     
  9. Toddrick

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    Leaning towards pullet on the Red one, Layla, as well. By six weeks it should have some red in the comb, a larger comb, and waddle appearing if it is a male. So the "horns" probably are just from molting, and it was probably just a coincidence that they both looked that way at the same time.
     
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  10. junebuggena

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    Ben's comb is really large for a chick that age. A pullet's comb might 'flush' at the base, but Ben's whole comb minus the very tips are red.
    Her are some of my barred Rock pullets at 8 weeks old. You can see how the skin around the comb is flushed, but the combs are small and yellow.
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