tails and gender question- pics added

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by pbjmaker, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Crowing

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Is it always true that when a chicks tail feathers grow in the roo's have a tent shape and the pullets are more "fanned" out? Or is that just true for certain breeds?

    This is "Itty Bitty" - the runt - her tail is coming in more fanned out:



    This guy just likes to pose (he thinks he's sexy):


    You can kind of see on this one how it carries it's tail up higher and they are in more of a "^" shape.

    Last edited: Jul 18, 2008
  2. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

    Apr 22, 2008
    Maybe it works in certain breeds. I have all pullets and had some with tent shaped tails and others that were fanned out. I have heard that the ones who get their tail feathers faster are pullets (picking ones with longer tails has worked for me so far).
  3. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

    Feb 8, 2007
    Tails do not really mean anything. You really just need to wait to watch for comb growth. They are a bit too young to tell yet.
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    It seems to me that people want to focus on one thing, the comb, the tail feathers, the legs; when it's really the overall picture you want to look at.
    Got a 5 week old chick that is not feathering as much as the others (especially across the wing bows and back) AND that has longer stronger legs AND is showing a larger pinker comb AND has a pointed set of tail feathers? Chances are you've got yourself a roo.

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