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I thought I had barred rock chicks, not so sure now..

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I posted about having a rooster in another thread but I thought this would be a better place to get some answers, and also because I now have questions about the breed. I purchased them from a farm store who had told me before purchasing that they were barred rock, which was one of the breeds I wanted. They didn't have any speckling but I just assumed it was because they were still young, about 2-3 weeks when I purchased them. They are now 4-5 weeks old and still no speckling. They are mostly black with some white patches and I believe one of them may be a rooster. The one I believe to be a rooster has a much larger comb, is extremely dominant and slightly aggressive, and also has much, much shorter tail feathers. So if anyone could tell me what breed these are and if I've got a rooster?

 

 

The entire flock!

 

 

Most of the white is on their chest/ head.

 

 

The possible rooster's comb

 

 

Another picture of all the birds.

 

 

 

Natural lighting picture of the "rooster's" comb.

 

 

This chicken has the most white (don't worry, that plug isn't left that way, I had just unplugged the heat lamp to take better pictures and plugged it back in and out of the way afterwards)

 

 

As you can see here the middle chicken has a very, very short tail. Where all the others have a long tail like to far left chick.

 

post #2 of 6

It looks like you have some Black Australorps not Barred Rocks.

post #3 of 6

Much better pics here than in your New Member introductions post. I don't see any barring in them and agree with Chicken Girl1 that they look like Black Australorp chicks. No wonder your "Barred Rock" chicks looked so dark in your other post. :o)

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:welcome

 

Australorps. I think you'll be just as happy with them as the Rocks, they're fantastic backyard birds.

 

Just for future reference, a barred Rock chick will have a white/cream spot on the top of the head. That's linked to the barring gene, so it makes them easy to spot from other black chicks.

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Rachel BB

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post #5 of 6

australorps are a very popular breed

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post #6 of 6

They look like Black Australorps to me, too.

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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

 

"All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts."

--William Shakespeare

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