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post #1 of 16
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i have two chickens named maggie and izzy. they are about 2 1/2 months and izzy is a week older tgan maggie. izzy has always been a little bigger, is it because of her breed (barred rock), being older, or is she a rooster? izzy sometimes makes sounds that sorta sound like the start of a crow, but when i do tests on her it seems like she is a hen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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post #2 of 16
From the pics I'd say pullet
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Father to 2 French Black Copper Marans, 2 Lavender Orpingtons, 1 Lemon Cuckoo Orpington, 1 Red Sussex, 1 Coronation Sussex, 1 Silver Sussex, 1 Double Laced Barnevelder, and 5 Silkies including Featherbottom, the BEST CHICKEN EVAR!!!!
Featherbottom conquers all!
...I only had 6 chickens last year...what happened?
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post #3 of 16

That bird has a strange comb.  I don't think he's a barred rock.  And, I think it's a roo.  At 10 weeks, shouldn't have that large or red of comb and wattles.

post #4 of 16
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we arent sure what kind he/she is but we thought he/she might be a barred rock, or maybe a rock island.

post #5 of 16

I would guess Dominique with that comb.  A full body shot with better lighting would help to guess gender.  What is the other bird, same breed or different?

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post #6 of 16

I'm guessing a mixed breed cockeral. A pure barred male would have lighter overall coloring but a mixed roo will be darker. No matter the color, that's a huge comb for the age. That's all rooster.

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post #7 of 16

               Izzy might be a male Black Sex Links. sad.png  They often look like Barred Rock pullets for a while. The first time I tried to get a Barred Rock, it turned out to be a Sex Links. I was prepared though, because they people at the feed store had the Barred Rock pullets and Male Black Sex Links mixed together. I don't know why they did that. idunno.gifIt was crazy.


Edited by Peepsicle - 8/17/12 at 2:10pm

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~Chickens: BR rooster, Speckles; BR hen, Lady Lacey; BO hen, Sunny; & RIR hen, Peep~

The chickens in italic & bold are my personal chickens and Speckles is my avatar!

+ 13 other pets! (3 dogs, 8 fish, 1 crawfish, 1 snake, & 1 horse!)

~Officialy named by wonderful Brahmalot scribe, Sjisty, to be an "Honorary Citizen of Brahmalot!"~

 

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post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 

her and her chicken friend are not the same breed

maggie:

we dont know what breed she is

we also just did the tail fan test and izzy (the possible rooster) fanned out perfectlty, should i trust this test?

post #9 of 16

Maggie looks like a Gold-laced Wyandotte pullet.

 

I don't usually trust most of the "tests" they are often old-wives tales.

 

Where did you get your birds?  Hatchery or a farm?  Is there any chance the barred bird is a mix with wyandotte (which might help explain the pullet coloring on a cockerel and the comb)?  I believe a Wyandotte Roster over a barred hen would make Black Sex Links.


Edited by popsicle - 8/17/12 at 2:56pm
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post #10 of 16
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my little sister's 5th grade class hatched them. they got them from our neighbor hood farm. they could be mix, we dont know, and i will look at that kind to see if maggie is that kind

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