5 WK Barred Rock Gender guesses

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Momagain1, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    Thanks all, again; per request; one breed per post as to not bog down one big post!
    So here are my Barred Rock **supposed** 5 WK pullets
    Thanks

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    Last edited: Mar 29, 2011
  2. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    I see no roos!
     
  3. LittleChickenLady

    LittleChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2011
    Clanton, Alabama
    Quote:Agreed.
     
  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    All girls! Congrats!
     
  5. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    yAY!

    Now..can you PLEASE tell me how you can tell.

    I'm trying to learn as I go!!!
     
  6. NancyP

    NancyP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    With my limited knowledge the answer is pullets are darker than roos. too soon for me to be able to say anything about the tail feathers. Now to wait for the experts to find out what I don't know. LOL\\Nancy
     
  7. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Quote:In chickens, the female is the one with 2 different chromosomes- the Z & W. The male is homozygous- ZZ.

    Since the female can only carry one of the barring gene, as it sits on the Z, she has a wider black bar than white, whereas the male has 2 of the gene, and has much wider white stripes than black.

    Neato, huh?
     
  8. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    so that top one; even tho it shows more white barring; at the neck/base..is still a girl?
     
  9. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Quote:Yes- the rest of the feathering shows enough of a consistent wider black presence, where in a roo, the white would always be wider than the black at this point. The 50/50 coloring of the head would give me pause, but there's very little white in general on the rest of the body.
     
  10. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
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