What are these tail feathers called? *Pic included*

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by juliaaa, Aug 6, 2011.

  1. juliaaa

    juliaaa Chirping

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    I noticed that one of our chickens has developed 2 "extra" tail feathers. I'm wondering what they are called (if anything) and does this mean that isn't a she anymore? They haven't started laying yet but it also hasn't crowed at all.

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    The chicken in question is the white one with its butt in the air. Best shot I could get as it is raining outside right now.

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  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    I would need a better picture, but yes--those look like rooster-ey tail feathers.
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I agree, and how old are they?
     
  4. roo feathers
     

  5. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

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    I think they're called sickle feathers.
     
  6. juliaaa

    juliaaa Chirping

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    They're about 20 weeks old...

    Here are a few more pictures:

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  7. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Songster

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    I have adopted a chicken with a similar type tail. She was attacked previously by a dog so I thought maybe she was missing feather but now I am begining to wonder if she is really a he! Mine is an Easter Egger. I will add a picture of her.
     

  8. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    They are the main sickle feathers, they just longer than the rest, because they others haven't finished growing out yet. It is an easter egger pullet.
     
  9. roysnider

    roysnider Chirping

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    It is a sickle and it looks like a pullet
     

  10. juliaaa

    juliaaa Chirping

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    So she is still a she? We were told when we got the 6 that they were EE pullets. None have layed yet. But, now I know what those feathers are called and can search them myself next time. I just love learning about chickens!!!
     

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