Tetra Tint Feather Sexing at a week old.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cadeschicks, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. cadeschicks

    cadeschicks Chirping

    Apr 9, 2012
    I have 6 tetra tints from tractor supply that are about a week old. I found this "parent stock management guide" from the hatchery via google. It says "Commercial female chickens are showing fast feathering and male chickens slow feathering". Since this document keeps referring to "parent stock" and "commercial tetra tint", I was wondering is this the exact same breed that I would have gotten at TSC and would the sexing info be accurate.

    Out of the 6 chicks two have a lot more wing feathers and also some tail feathers, females?. The other 4 have only a few shorter wing feathers and no tail feathers at all yet; are these roosters are just late bloomers?

    Has anyone had any experience with the TSC tetra tints that can verify?

  2. Baymule

    Baymule Songster

    Jul 1, 2010
    Northeast Texas
    I wish I could wave my magic wand and tell you, but you'll just have to wait a few weeks. I know, I know, the suspense is a killer......................
  3. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Songster

    Mar 25, 2011
    S.E. Michigan
    Many of the chicks TSC gets in my area are fast feathering so pullets will feather out faster.
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Songster

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    That holds true IF they hatched on the same day or within a 48 hour period at most. We all know how much difference there is in a day old chick and a 3 day old chick. There is a very limited list of chicks that can be feather-sexed. The feather-sexing must be done just as the feathers are breaking through the tip of the feather casing. The chicks in your pictures are too old for feather-sexing. I have not seen Tetra Tints on the feather-sexing list but I'll check again.

    OK... More searching reveals that the Tetra tint is so named because there are 4 varieties of the Tetra. I have found that the Tetra Amber is feather-sexable which may indicate that they all are, I'm not sure, but read on...

    Last edited: Apr 10, 2012

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