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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!

 

"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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x 3          adorable little fuzzy butt.

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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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