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Barred Rocks

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yes, I realize these pictures are garbage and I will do my best to get some better pics, but my question is more generally based on sexing the chicks based on their feathers.  You can see in the pic that there are clearly two chicks that have much more white in their feathers than the other.  I tried to chalk this up to size and how far along they are in feathering out, but that was debunked since the two in the picture that are white are both the biggest and smallest in the batch.  I guess the question I'm really trying to ask is if the clear distinction in feather color equates to a clear distinction in the sex of the chick?  

 

In this pic you can see the largest one (white) on the top left and a primarily black one directly below it.

 

 

In this pic you can see the biggest white one to the right of the feeder as well as the smallest and only other primarily white one next to the wall on the right.

 

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Typically yes, yes it does. The reason being is male barred birds carry two copies of the barring gene and females can only carry one. This equates to wider white bars on males and females in contrast having a dark appearance.

 

Edit to add: Your pictures are garbage:D  Actually they work perfect to show the distinction of the two sexes. You'll note in a week or two the males combs will start to redden. Usually starts week 5 or 6 and by week 10 have honking red combs compared to bodies. The female single comb birds wont show an red until nearing point of lay.


Edited by Egghead_Jr - 5/2/16 at 5:00pm

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The lighter ones are roosters.
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