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7.5 week old Barred Rock cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by poppycock1974, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. poppycock1974

    poppycock1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I purchased both BR from a store that said only pullets. One has always concerned me with slow feathering and lighter barring but it has the dark wash on the legs and the comb is the same size and coloring as the known pullet. It was easy to tell them apart until last week when I noticed the lighter ones stripes aren't as pronounced as they used to be. i plan on selling the pullet but was wondering if I need to wait on the possible Roo or if it's a definite he and just sell them both at the same time --the first two pictures are the same bird
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  2. Chicken Girl1

    Chicken Girl1 Irish Colleen Premium Member

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    I'm leaning towards cockerel but it is at the stage where it could go either way, I would post again in another week.
     
  3. poppycock1974

    poppycock1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would the feathers indicate anything? I was looking at "it" just now and it's all rounded feathers. The other pullet feathered out quick and has the same shape feathers that I can tell.
     
  4. Chicken Girl1

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    The cocks tend to start and get pointed saddle feathers, though it could be a slow feathering cockerel.
     
  5. poppycock1974

    poppycock1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. I'll wait it out and just sell them separately if it turns out to be a he
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Looks like a pullet to me. I have several cockerels slightly younger-see the difference?

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  7. unionhillchix

    unionhillchix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    On the Barred Rock thread they talk like slow feathering can be a sign that the bars will be more neat. I would say it is probably a pullet. My BR at that age was a lot lighter than yours is. Post pictures again in one week.
     
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  8. poppycock1974

    poppycock1974 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It definitely doesn't have the coloring in the comb but tail feathers still haven't caught up to sis'. I'll play the waiting game I guess because it is such a cool chick. Just hangs out with no fussing or flapping when you hold it.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, that is true, but there are just always individual differences. Males do tend to feather slower, but they almost always have big old pink combs by that age. I'm positive it's a pullet, providing it truly is a straight BR. I had a bunch of Silver Phoenix x BR cockerels that for about three weeks seemed to be pure BR pullets, then the pink combs and extra long Phoenix tails showed up (was not aware the phoenix bred the hens, oops).
     
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  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    And speaking of individual differences, sexing being an art more than a science as well as some BR chicks with confusing traits, here are two PULLETS. Yup, both pullets, but being hatchery stock, definitely all over the place as far as color. The light one produced a lot of sons in her life, and she was about as light as any of them were. Lexie and Ivy started my love of BRs years ago.

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