Barnevelder Chicks Roos?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by mediazeal, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    I hatched 5 Barnevelder chicks and 6 Golden Penciled Hamburgs. The Barnevelders look like giants next to the hamburgs so that might be part of my confusion. PLus I'm a first time chicken mama.

    All my Barnies have giant thick legs and are looking pretty roostery to me. Could I have hatched 5 roosters? Is anyone familiar with Barnevelder chicks? Do I just have to wait or are there any clues? They are 2 weeks today.
    Is there hope that some or all are pullets?

    The gang:


    They all look like this:


    Closeup of the head:

    Last edited: Apr 30, 2009
  2. Homesteading_Bound

    Homesteading_Bound Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2008
    I just love the white eyeliner. I thought when my Barnies arrived @ 1-2 day olds the one I picked up had crusties on it's eye until I looked closer...

    I was amazed at how fast there feathers started growing...

    Sorry...I couldn't tell at that age what sex they were.

    They are so cute....Oh Yes...Congratulation on your Barnie Hatch!!!!

  3. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    I think it is best to compare like to like. They are still too young to tell unless you have a clear sign that one (or more) is different.

    Prime Example: My former (I say former, they are being rehomed this weekend) D'Uccle chicks at 1 1/2 weeks and then 2 weeks old.
  4. juliachick

    juliachick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2009
    (Northeastern PA)
    We have Barnies and I'm can't remember exactly but I think we knew for sure our sexes of them by 6-7 wks. Our other ones the same age (barred rocks) we still aren't 100% of but the barnie roo has a very clear waddle and comb and the other 3 do not at all have anything.
  5. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    Based on how they are feathering, I would say that the 2 on the left in the first picture are cockerel's and the one in the 2nd picture is a pullet. Can you see how much longer her feathers are on both her wings and her tail? I have Barnie's that are going on 4 weeks old and I was able to tell one they were about a week old based on how they were feathering. I guess there is a chance that I have guessed them wrong, but looking at the ones I am fairly certain are pullets compared to the ones that I think are cockerels, there are obvious differences in their feathers.
  6. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2009
    Quote:Interesting. That one has very thick legs, which I took as a roo characteristic
    and I thought the feathers were a little longer because she was the first one hatched. They were hatched over 3 days.
    I sure hope you are right. I'd love to have some pullets in the bunch that I can keep.
    I have to find homes for all the cockerels. So if anyone wants a barnevelder cockerel from good lines let me know. I'm in Sacramento.
  7. steffpeck

    steffpeck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    When I was out with my Barnevelder chicks last night, I noticed how red some of the combs were getting, and they are the ones that I had pegged as cockerels based on their feathering. Here is a good link to show feather sexing, I am sure it is not 100% but so far it has been really close when I have used it on my chicks. I hope it is right, I have 9 BBS Orp's that hatched last week and based on their feathering it appears that I have 9 pullets and 1 cockerel. I used this same method on some other orps that are a bit older and it appears to have been accurate with them also.
    Last edited: May 4, 2009
  8. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    On my orps the females all had tails before the males. My brother also noticed that on his bantys. Jean
  9. opalwednesday

    opalwednesday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2011
    I am so in love with this breed. I really want next year's babies to be barnies, but I also want to let a broody hen raise some babies. I feel like a lot of responsibility comes with breeding a rare bird like that and the whole mess of genetics and breed standard is pretty daunting.. do you breed them or are they from another farm. do you have any advice?
  10. Meg2000000

    Meg2000000 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2012
    Concord, CA
    Hi Opal! I just brought home my 5, 2-week old Barnevelder chicks on Tuesday. I'm not sure which, if any, are pullets. I can't keep roosters where I live but I would be glad to give you any roo's I have if you're interested? I'm located in the Bay Area (East Bay). Let me know!

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