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Double barred rock pullet??

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I have 3 barred rock chicks (6 weeks) - they are the ones that I kept because I thought they were cockerels (the pullets had much darker feathering).

A bit confused about one of them, who seems to have a much smaller comb, doesn't have the rooster "stance", but has the same double barred feathers (except maybe a bit darker on the head). Legs seem smaller too.

 

Is it possible it might be a pullet with that colouring?
Or just a slow developing roo?

 

They come from a reputable breeder.

 

Thoughts please!
 

I didn't know how to post pictures, so pictures are here:

http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=8037429

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So these photos are reflective of their development at 6 weeks, correct?  That is way too much pink for a pullet - the bird in question is a cockerel.

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I agree. That much pink in the comb says "cockerel". He is smaller; could be lack of vigor; the runt, per se. Give him a couple weeks, he should catch up. smile.png
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It's genetically impossible for a hen to be double-barred. The chromosome that makes them female is not capable of having a second barring gene, as it is too short. You have a cockerel.

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
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Thanks, I initially thought roo, maybe just being hopeful, but seems it's unanimous...
Interesting about the double barred gene, didn't know that.

Thanks everyone

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So these photos are reflective of their development at 6 weeks, correct?  That is way too much pink for a pullet - the bird in question is a cockerel.

Agreed

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cockerel

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