6 Week old Barred Rock what gender??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ChockLover, Nov 7, 2014.

  1. ChockLover

    ChockLover Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Guys! I have a Barred Rock chook that I am not sure of gender, I believe it is a HE but would really love it to be a SHE can people who know something about sexing chicks tell me if its a girl or boy? It was born on 29/09/14 (about 5 weeks and 4 days old now).[​IMG]

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  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    I'm not expert but compared to my 3 hatchery BR photos at that age, I would guess possibly roo…but not sure enough to make any decisions. Would give her/him another couple of weeks to decide.

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  3. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it is a cockerel as well.
     
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  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Definitely a cockerel. Sorry. :eek:(
     
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  5. the1913trio

    the1913trio Out Of The Brooder

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    I would say a cockerel as well!

    Every time my husband and I denied we had a cockerel when the comb and wattles were getting obvious like yours they never have turned out to be hens. Especially with the coloring taking on such a deep hue of pinkish-red at such a young age. I feel like the comb is larger too, and the wattles are beginning to develop and have a deeper hue of pinky-red. The girls at this age will have either all yellow combs or mainly yellow combs with barely a hint of lighter pink, and no bright coloring/notable development of the wattles. Compare the legs and feet too. Boys will have longer, bigger legs and feet usually too.

    Take into account the personality of this chick of yours too. The cockerels we have noticed especially around this age begin to protest more about being handled, picked up, and especially being touched on their backs. They will be more active than the others, and like to go around starting smack with the whole brood. Girls will usually take up a bit of a fight for the brood member closest in the pecking order to themselves in a fight to see who gets to go up a notch in the order or not, whereas boys just want to bust around proving to the whole flock they are the big bad boss man (note too though that young cockerels will calm down once they have asserted themselves to the entire flock of brooder buddies). The boys will also have more intense fights typically with stares escalating into outright jump-kicks whereas girls don't like to go as far with this as often.

    What is this ones personality, body, and leg/foot size like compared to others of the same age?
     
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