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Sexing a 9 Week Old Barred Rock

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I'm new to chicken raising and we were given a barred rock that was an unwanted Easter gift. It's roughly 9 weeks old and I'm having trouble telling if it's a pullet or cockerel. Can anybody help me? I can take more pictures if needed.
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:welcome  Coloring is dark for a cockerel, but that's a lot of comb for a 9 week old.  I am not positive, but I think cockerel.

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post #3 of 9
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I've been watching videos on how to tell and I've been told the coloring is more pullet but the comb is more cockerel. Im sure time will tell for certain.Thanks!
post #4 of 9
Definitely cockrel, but because of the coloring I wonder if it's actually a black sex link or a cuckoo marans instead of a barred rock.
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:welcome

 

It's a cockerel. I'm also thinking black sex link, not pure barred Rock. 

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cockerel

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post #7 of 9

Yep. Black sexlink cockerel.

post #8 of 9
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Black sex link makes more sense. Thanks! I can't have roosters where I live so I guess he's going to have to find another home. 😭
post #9 of 9

Hi, I agree the color in dark like a pullet but the comb seems large. What color are the front of the legs? Supposedly white wash legs are cockerel and dark legs are pullet.  I have 3 barred rocks that are 10 weeks old. One has had me thinking roo because of how white she is. But none of them have combs as big as that. I would say that sometimes they just don't fit the standard and each is an individual...

 

Interesting question about being another breed. Cuckoo Marans seems a lot less common than Barred Rock.

 

Best wishes either way :-)

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