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Hen or Cockerel Barred Rock

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Hi everyone! 

 

We are new to the chicken world, but so excited!  We had three little chicks come in the mail about a week ago... All are supposed to be hens, but I have my doubts about the one on the right in the first picture.  It's supposed to be a barred rock, which I believe it is :-), but what do you think about gender? Cockerel or Hen?  Is it too early to determine? This one is the sweetest of the bunch and smart (well, for a chicken)!  DOB is 11/30/15.  Thanks in advance everyone!

 

 

 

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It has been a while since I had BR chicks, and maybe the lighting in your photos is making the chick appear lighter than it really is, but I think you could be right. You should be able to tell with relative certainty in about 3-4 weeks as it feathers out. Pullets are darker than cockerels. Here is a thread that could be helpful if you compare your chick to the pictures in the thread: www.backyardchickens.com/t/798635/sight-sexing-barred-plymouth-rock-chicks-at-hatch/0_20

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Way too early to make a call.  Most of the people here that are excellent with gender guessing will tell you to post again between 6-8 weeks old.  Really adorable though!

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Way too early to make a call.  Most of the people here that are excellent with gender guessing will tell you to post again between 6-8 weeks old.  Really adorable though!

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

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay. --Robert Frost

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x 3          adorable little fuzzy butt.

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post #6 of 9

Unless there is some way to tell based on coloring or feathering (besides vent sexing), you will need to wait a few more weeks.

 

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post #7 of 9

So cute at this age, enjoy them as they are young!  lol!  they mature so, so fast!

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Way too early to make a call.  Most of the people here that are excellent with gender guessing will tell you to post again between 6-8 weeks old.  Really adorable though!


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Thank you everyone!  I guess we will have to patiently wait for another 4-6 weeks.  Until then we will keep our fingers crossed that this very cute "she" is really a she!!!

Have a wonderful evening!  I will post more picture soon!

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