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I have a two Barred Rocks they're over four months old now.  One is definitely a hen but this other one I can't tell!  It's comb is much bigger but I don't feel like its feathers are that much longer and it hasn't crowed but that might be because I have another Roo that is more dominant or whatever

 

.  What do you think?

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I have a two Barred Rocks they're over four months old now.  One is definitely a hen but this other one I can't tell!  It's comb is much bigger but I don't feel like its feathers are that much longer and it hasn't crowed but that might be because I have another Roo that is more dominant or whatever


.  What do you think?
That's just a bossy lady. You can tell right away by the tail. A quick tip is the tips of the feathers in the tail and hackle areas. A roo will have pointed tips where a hen will have rounded ones. This bird also lacks a roos sickle feathers.
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Beautiful bird though! And very nice conditioning.
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Breeder of Dutch bantams, Wyandotte bantams, and a few exhibition rabbits.

Feel free to ask me questions about chicken and rabbit care, breeds, and showing! I'm always happy to help!

Nature's first green is gold,

Her hardest hue to hold.

Her early leaf's a flower

But only so an hour.

Then leaf subsides to leaf.

So Eden sank to grief,

So dawn goes down to day.

Nothing gold can stay. --Robert Frost

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Thank you that is good news! 

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hen by the coloring

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:welcome

 

That's a hen. Looks like she should be laying, if not currently then literally any day now. 

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Been going back and forth on gender with this almost 4 month old wyandotte/Orpington mix for a while. I swear this bird has hackle feathers, but the comb and wattles are the same shade of pink and the same size as they were 6+ weeks ago. Opinions...
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Been going back and forth on gender with this almost 4 month old wyandotte/Orpington mix for a while. I swear this bird has hackle feathers, but the comb and wattles are the same shade of pink and the same size as they were 6+ weeks ago. Opinions...
I would say young cockerel. Give him a bit longer to be sure. I don't think he's old enough to even have all his tail feathers in, and the big breeds can be a bit slow to mature.
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She looks like my first barred rock pullet, Agnes, who was ready much earlier than her sisters smile.png
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The trap was broken and we escaped.
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