5 week barred rock boy or girl?

Taylettice

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It may be too early to tell but just want to know if anyone sees any obvious signs of a roo. Very friendly.
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Littleshadow

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Barred breeds, like many other breeds, have Male and female specific feathering. In the barred breeds females will have one barring gene while the males will have two (purebreds). The single barring gene on the female makes the female appear to be darker, with thin white bars while her Male counterparts, who has two Gene's for barring, will appear to be almost evenly white and black.
My best example of this is to look up pictures of a barred rock hen and compare that to a barred rock rooster.
My family bred heritage barred rocks for generations. Defiantly a great breed, never had a more friendly rooster over my BR males.
 

Crazy for Chickens!

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Post new pics of the comb and wattles In a week. I'm leaning towards cockerel.

It does appear to be a Cukoo Marans.

With hatchery stock, coloring can vary. I've never seen a hatchery BR without yellow legs though....
The barring thing can't be used as a definite teller at this age. S etimes it will look a certain way, then as the bird matures, it will change.
 

Taylettice

In the Brooder
Jul 27, 2018
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Ok I'll post an update in a week or so. It hatched from a pale colored egg if that helps with determining the breed, the breeder sold the eggs to me as barred rock that's all I know, and it was the only one to hatch so I dont have any to compare it to
 

ChickenLeg

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As long as they are hatchery barreds I'm with littleshawdow, its a pullet.
The males would be more white so pullets will be dark since they carry only 1 barred gene.

If its a barnyard barred rock and the male only had 1 barred gene then it could go either way, if he had 2 barred genes then its a pullet.
 

Littleshadow

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You hatched the bird yourself huh? Well in that case you're bird could be either gender because it's probably a crossbreed. I never trust backyard breeders, especially if I'm hatching eggs, because most the time they have little idea what they are talking talking about.
Looking closer at the birds images I think I can make out very small amount of rust color mixed into the feathers, it may just be the lighting, but can you look at your bird and see if it does in fact have a reddish/brown/rust color in its feathers?
 

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