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Who's barred rock and who's astralorp?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I have 3 chicks and I thought I had it straight who is BR (I should have two) and who is the astralorp. Can you help me straighten this out? (And I wouldn't be opposed to any gender guesses :) ).  

 


Dave

I thought he was my astralorp, but his wings seem to have some barring. Sorry I don't have a better picture of his wing - I was by myself and he wasn't keen on standing still while I held it out.

 

 

 

 

Spaceship

I thought he was a BR, but his wings are pretty solid black with only a tip of white. (Disregard the white in this first picture - it's a bit of greek yogurt)

 

 

 

 

Bird Person

He's almost certainly a BR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks!!

post #2 of 6

BR

BA

BR

in that order as shown by photos

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post #3 of 6

See the dots on the head of the first and third birds -- and the lack of dot on the second - that dot is indicative of barring so the two with dots are BR and the one without is a non-barred bird, meaning it is your BA

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post #4 of 6
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Fantastic, many thanks to you both!

post #5 of 6

I agree with the others but couldn't help saying I love the names of your birds!  So cute :)

 

Also I have no experience sexing barred rocks, but it is possible to estimate the gender via the head spot size/shape.  From my reading, I'd guess Dave is indeed a Dave, and Bird Person is a Bird Lady. :) but, given my experience level, this guess is probably only slightly more likely to be accurate than plain guessing. :)  No way to tell at this age about Spaceship.

2 black australorp pullets, 3 BA babies, and two border collies (one angel and one cute troublemaker chicken licker)
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post #6 of 6
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Thanks! We tried to keep the names pretty gender neutral except, alas, Dave. He's my favorite so I'm hoping he's a gentle rooster and does okay with just a few lady birds! And thanks for your other guesses. :) I know the only real way to know is wait and see but I know we all like having an idea of how it's going to sort out. 

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