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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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. crazypetlady

    crazypetlady Chillin' With My Peeps

    roo feathers
     
  5. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    juliaaa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They're about 20 weeks old...

    Here are a few more pictures:

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  7. hmmcc123

    hmmcc123 Chillin' With My Peeps

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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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is a sickle and it looks like a pullet
     
  10. juliaaa

    juliaaa Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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