4 Week Old Barred Rock Chickens boys or girls?? Got pictures now

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by SportChick, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. SportChick

    SportChick Songster

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    I have 6 BR that will be 4 weeks old on 7/14. On day #2, we were pretty sure that we had 4 roos (maybe 5) and only 1 definite pullet. I can't keep any roosters so of course this had me a little disappointed and stressed out. I found someone who wants BR roosters and so that seems perfect right? He wants to come get them in 2 weeks and now that they are older, only 2 of them are convincing roosters. They are lighter in color and have bigger combs, and are a bit more aggressive to the other chicks. The other 2 that I thought were roosters are looking darker in their coloring and don't have very big combs at all. I can't convincingly tell "beefy" legs from dainty hen legs.

    I may not have an opportunity to give them away again, but I really don't want to give away a hen by accident. Is it worth posting pictures since they are only 4 weeks old? Should I go by my original 2 day old assessment? Probably just need to wait before giving them away.
     
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  2. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

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    Can you post photos? I'm sure with photos people would be able to help you [​IMG]
     
  3. SportChick

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    I will take pictures tomorrow and post them. My question was more about whether I just need to wait and see, or can I make a pretty good guess at this point.
     
  4. emys

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    People can tell you already on this breed I bet.
     
  5. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Coloring is how you tell. Females are more black with white barring. Males are more white with black barring.

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  6. SportChick

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    I tried to go take pictures but it is dark and they are sleepy so wouldn't really cooperate. I will re-post tomorrow. Thanks. Do you think it is better to go by their current coloring or their 2 day old coloring?
     
  7. the lemon tree

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    Quote:Current coloring, for sure. The older they are, the easier it is to tell.
     

  8. Hat Lady

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    Some pictures for you to compare:
    Here is a picture of two 4 week-old barred rock cockerals. On the BR in the back, notice the more developed (red-ish) comb, the yellow legs and the lighter gray feathers.

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    The next picture is of our 6-ish week old pullet. Note her smaller, less developed comb, even though she's about 2 weeks older than the BR in the above picture. Also notice the darker wash on the front of her pink-ish legs. I have read that not all BR females have this dark wash, although it's quite common among pullets.

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    I hope this was helpful. Good luck with your barred rocks. I love our 4 BR pullets. It's a great breed. [​IMG]
     
  9. SportChick

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    Ok here are the pictures. The first 3 are the ones I am not sure about although I would love confirmation about the last 3 also.

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    Chicken #3
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    Pretty sure this is a definite Roo
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    This one is a pretty-for-sure Roo also
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    She better be a pullet!! Sorry she's a bit blurry.
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    Thanks for any help you can give.
     
  10. the lemon tree

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    Quote:I second your guesses: #4 & #5 are most likely cockerels.
     

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