What is the difference between male and female feathers?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by delsi64, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. delsi64

    delsi64 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 16, 2009
    Does anyone have pictures or know of a website that has pictures of the differences between male and female feathers? Someone told me that she picks out chicks to buy according to their feathers? Is that possible and what would that look like? Thanks!
  2. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Last edited: Jun 4, 2009
  3. crystalchik

    crystalchik Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2008
    Central Florida
    Wow!! This is so cool!! This just saved me a lot of waiting time and a lot of cockerels too!! Thanks so much for posting this!!!
  4. threehorses

    threehorses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    This isn't about feathers, but when picking out chicks all of the same breed, I look at their combs. Baby cockerals tend to have more comb than the little pullets.. Not exact science, but a fun way to try to see if you're right.

    Incidentally, I also look at personality. But one year I had a little chick that I just KNEW was going to be a rooster. From day one, she'd leap at me when I put my hand in her brooder with her buddies. She was very bold - not aggressive, but determined that her way was THE way and my hand needed to follow her rules.

    I was very surprised when she turned out to be all girl. /egg on face


    Good luck with your babies! Enjoy every minute of it!
  5. melvin1208

    melvin1208 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 5, 2009
    You can tell the sex because when the tail feathers grow males tail feathers
    grow curved and females grow straight
  6. threehorses

    threehorses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    (I think he meant coloration in chicks, not adults)
  7. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    It looks to me like there are a number of diferent understanding (all different) of what question was being asked.

    As stated I do see how it is confusing.

    1) There are certain parts of a roosters body where the feathers grow differently and are shaped differently than on hens.

    2) And depending on whether the chicken is male or female, the colour patterns, both on different parts of the body and on individual feathers can be different.

    3) And on young chicks you can tell from the wing feathers as to gender--IFF they have the correct slow/fast growth genes. So it doesn't work for all breeds.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by