Chickens (phenoix breed)

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    mrs.white8389 Senior Member

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    I have 3 phenoix chicks I cannot figure out if the ones with the longer tails are going to be roosters or hens. Maybe someone who has phenoix chickens could tell me which is which? All my other chicks are females they are different breeds and I bought them sexed. The phenoix chicks were straight runs.

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    And because she had to be in the middle for attention. 20170421_101740.jpg
     
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    They both look like girls to me. Feathers don't really have any bearing on sex at that age. You can tell age with about 90% accuracy by the time they're a month old by combs though. Roosters will have large, bright red/pink combs whereas girls of the same age will have white/yellow combs that are much smaller. I can't see their combs easily to judge though!
     
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    mrs.white8389 Senior Member

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    They feathered completely different. Ones with the longer tails still have the chick fuzz on neck head and under its wings on its back. The only one with the short tail is completely feathered out in its first real feathers all except for its head. I'll go try and catch the fast little things to get pictures of combs. They are about 5 weeks now.
     
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    It's a tough call but I'd suspect the bottom one of being a potential rooster! The comb seems redder. The feathers very well could be part of it too but I've found combs to be way more reliable. I've had groups of all hens born on the same day that had totally random feather patterns lol.

    They're super cute though. I love phoenix, I have bantam ones and they're some of my sweetest chickens. :D
     
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    mrs.white8389 Senior Member

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    I saw that hens have rounded feathers where their tail meets and a rooster has pointed...I might have to go catch then again and have a look. That much of their feathers are in. I'm comparing the suspected hen one to the other hens I do have of a different breed, they take on the same shape and feathering pattern as far as tail shape The other two with longer tails like to strut their stuff and show off and have a look at me attitude.
     
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    Like I said, I've raised thousands of chickens and have just never found feathers to be reliable at that age. Roosters -do- have pointy hackle feathers but they don't come in til the second molt. A couple breeds can be feather sexed but most can't.

    I just sorted out this year's baby roosters from the hen's today (I only keep the hens). They're 5 weeks old and it was glaringly obvious which were roos by comb alone--even in the breeds with small peacombs, they were more developed and red than the girls. The only breed I just can't tell til they're grown are silkies! They all look like hens! lol
     
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