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Need Help Sexing Barred Rocks

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Our barred rocks are 5 1/2 weeks old and I am still wondering what gender they are (purchased as straight run).



We have 1 that is mostly black with only a little white, has the dark wash down the front of legs, and smaller comb that's only a hint of pink yet-  is this "definitely" a hen?

And then we have 3 that look like the one pictured-  their feathers look lighter , and are all getting red combs.  

BUT, some have black wash down the front of legs and some don't.  This one pictured also had a small distinct white dot on its head when it was a chick.  Would you still guess male?  or could it still go either way?  (would you pay more attention to the color of feathers and combs or is the leg wash/head dot still a

factor?)

 

 

 


Edited by emscheid - 5/18/16 at 10:49am
post #2 of 4

The bird pictured is a cockerel -- it would be best to show each of the birds in a photo vs. describing what they look like or that they look like the one shown as there is no way to say with certainty what gender a bird is without seeing it.

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As to the leg wash - that is entirely unreliable, especially in lines which are not bred with that as a characteristic of focus.

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Sorry for posting only one picture, but the three look so much alike I can't even tell them apart (other than leg wash), so I didn't think it was necessary.  But I will add more pictures later if I can.

Also (wasn't sure if you saw what I added later), is the distinct head dot at hatch not very reliable either?  I was really hoping for a hen since it had both the distinct dot and the darker legs. Oh well. :(


 

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