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When do the pointy saddle feathers start coming in?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by tallyho, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. tallyho

    tallyho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    I have a 6 week old mix chick I'm watching carefully for signs of roo-ness. I think they molt again, right? Is that when their roo colors and feathers come in? These feathers at 6 weeks are not their adult set, right?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    12-14 weeks is when the first male feathers would be popping out from under their young feathers.
  3. midd2005

    midd2005 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
    is 12-14 weeks true of slower developing birds as well -like brahmas?
  4. banjoejoe4783

    banjoejoe4783 VILLAMIL FARMS

    Oct 6, 2010
    westville ok
    you can sadel feather sex most birds by 3/4 mounths some at 2 mounths
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I've seen them start to peek through at around 10 weeks old on my Barred Rocks. If you part the back feathers, you may see the pointy, shiny feathers starting to break through at around 9 weeks old on some breeds.
  6. tallyho

    tallyho Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    Thank You everyone. I will definitely keep an eye on him and check for those saddle feathers in a month or so. I've never had a roo-baby so I just don't know what to expect. This is good info![​IMG]

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