what breed is he?
I am 90% sure he is a black tailed road island red. beautiful bird by the way.
yes that would still qualify him. after seeing your bird I did some research on black tailed Rhode Island red, and my book said their tail feathers get greener as they grow. hope this has helped you
Good eye. I missed seeing the black feathers in his chest until I saw your post and then enlarged the pic.
If you cross him with your Barred Rock hens the offspring will be Black Sex Links. The male chicks will have a white spot on top of their heads and the female chicks will lack the white spot.