6mo. Barred Rock Pullet? Or...

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by HollyDelightly, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. HollyDelightly

    HollyDelightly Out Of The Brooder

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    What do you guys think? No crowing yet, but her/his voice just dropped today and the anticipation is driving me crazy!

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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    From the lighting and background it's hard to tell but I think I see curved tail feathers and pointy wing feathers.
    I would think at 6 months it would be obvious though. I don't see any spurs either.
     
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  3. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you sure it's 6 months old? Looks like a cockerel, but not that old, to me.
     
  4. HollyDelightly

    HollyDelightly Out Of The Brooder

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    I was told she/he was born around 5/1, so I rounded up a little, but I got him/her about a month ago so I can't know for sure.
     
  5. TaraBellaBirds

    TaraBellaBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say definite roo and I agree with the above, not sure it's six months old.
     
  6. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Agree. Looks a bit younger. Additionally, his breeding isn't all that good, so we're seeing mottled barring and a darker overall look. I'd say cockerel. Not standard bred Barred Rock. With two barring genes, a BR cockerel of that age should look like this.

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  7. Nutmeg101

    Nutmeg101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am FAR from an expert- my guess is a Roo. My BR was very round and hen like at 5 months, no curved tail. I was looking for a good pic of her from that age- [​IMG]

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    Her head is blurry- but you can see her tail feathers ok- I think.
     
  8. HollyDelightly

    HollyDelightly Out Of The Brooder

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    Haha, I'm relieved to see it's an overall consistent response, even if it's the less ideal answer. [​IMG] And so much for that blue ribbon he brought home from the state fair for good breeding! [​IMG]
     
  9. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    The lack of the double barring gene, required for a BR male, makes his over all look dark. Plus, the barring is blotchy. This likely indicates that he is a cross. The tell tale sign is the gold/red/brown leakage in the wing. Unless that is merely a photographic anomaly, those red/brown feather indicated leakage of the gold/red of the other portion of his genetic makeup.

    If this bird had a red comb and red wattles at 7 weeks of age? It is indeed a male. Males show that characteristic very early. Pullet don't normally show any comb or wattles development until they are much older, around 14 weeks.
     
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  10. HollyDelightly

    HollyDelightly Out Of The Brooder

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    Fred's Hens, those males are beautiful! I'll have to give him another look, but I think the gold/red is just sunshine sneaking in.

    Found a photo of him when I got him two months ago-

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    Compared to the others his age at the fair, the comb and wattles were less red, but I'm still new to this. [​IMG]
     

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