Why doesn't my chick have a tail?

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  1. LLCoyote

    LLCoyote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I bought a bunch of pullets from the store and my one Jersey giant has a nice tail the other doesn't really have a tail at all but they're both feathering out pretty well.

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    There is the one with the tail
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    Everyone seems to be getting along really well. Even when I give treats there isn't a lot of bullying. Everyone else is growing their tails (though my Australorps are a week younger than the giants and orpingtons). Please excuse my children... they're in the awkward middle school phase xD Can anyone tell me what is going on?
     
  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can't tell from the pics but a little rooster may have gotten in with the pullets. Many hatchery birds are bred so they can be feather sexed. The little roosters tails and wings grow slower and the pullets feather out quicker. Pullets wings will almost reach the tail by 10 days and the little roos wings will be a third shorter.
     
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    Chicken Girl1 Loving the Autumn Weather Premium Member

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  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    While true that males often feather out slower than females it isn't actually due to breeding for feather sexing. Feather sex breeding is entirely separate from this developmental difference in the two genders.
     
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  5. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I was misinformed, that's what I was told by a hatchery employee several years ago.
     
  6. LLCoyote

    LLCoyote Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a better picture of her/him.
     

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