16 Week Old Barred Rock (Roo or Hen)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mdeasuno, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. mdeasuno

    mdeasuno Out Of The Brooder

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    this one has been a constant worry for me. i posted a pic of him a while ago and everyone said it was a rooster but this chicken is smaller than i expected for its age. its feet have dark black on them and his comb isn't much bigger. the only tip off is its tail - which is small for a too at this age. any insight would be helpful! thank you so much!

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  2. jenifern

    jenifern Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old is it? I'm not really seeing saddle hackle feathers, so I think that's a hen. The tail feathers are slightly curled. hard to say with out a better close up of it's back end feathers. But my guess is hen.
     
  3. jenifern

    jenifern Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oops I see now that is says 16 weeks. Look at it's neck feathers. Are they pointed or rounded? pointed means roo. Just put your finger under one of them to get a contrast.
     
  4. mdeasuno

    mdeasuno Out Of The Brooder

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    i'm sorry i'm new to chickens! if the chicken is a hen then the feathers on the neck should be the same shape as the feathers on the rest of the chicken?
     
  5. mdeasuno

    mdeasuno Out Of The Brooder

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    here is a shot of the chicken's back feathers
     
  6. jenifern

    jenifern Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well generally yes. If you can get a hold of it, just look at the neck feathers. If they come to a point at the end it's a rooster, if it's rounded it's a hen. Rosters will also have saddle feathers in the lower part of the back area before the tail, they start to lengthen and part and hang down to the sides as they mature and 'feather in'.

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    if you look at the picture in the link above you will see a fully feathered rooster and you will see the longer feathers that curl and drape down over the lower back.
     
  7. jenifern

    jenifern Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah I am going to still say hen. Is this the only one you have of this breed? Do you have any other confirmed roosters?
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm guessing hen, as she doesn't look quite like a rooster.
     
  9. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  10. landrygracie0

    landrygracie0 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]. Is this a roo or hen?
     

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