Barnevelder, hen or cockerel?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by decomposed, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. decomposed

    decomposed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Was given this "hen" the other day the woman assured my mother it was a hen but its tail looks a lot like the start of a cockerel tail, it sounds like a hen and hasn't tried to fight the other cockerel that is here, i was told it's around 16 weeks old, it doesn't have the pointed saddle feathers or neck feathers like a cockerel the feathers look round at the end but it is still quite young, i have never had a Barnevelder hen or cockerel before so i thought maybe someone on here would know better than i do. Any help would be appreciated, sorry for the bad quality pics i don't have a better camera at the moment.
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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Lacing on the chest means female. Males have solid or mostly solid black chests.
     
  3. decomposed

    decomposed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome, that is great, thankyou so much for the info
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That's female, and I think the age is pretty close.
     
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree with Junebeggena and Donrae.

    That is a Barnevelder hen...and around the stated age.

    A Barnie rooster would have black chest, no lacing, and red bars on the wings. I don't have a photo of my big boy, but he says you've got a nice hen there.

    The tail should settle down as she fills in with her final adult feathers. I've had a number of young ladies get funk in their tail as they finish their juvenile molt and grow in final adult feathers.

    LofMc
     
  6. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Take it back...here are some photos of my 2 Barnie roosters at around 16 weeks of age. You can see no lacing, red bars on wings, and a wink towards your girl.

    LofMc
     
  7. decomposed

    decomposed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awesome what a relief haha, the cockerel here starts crowing at 3:30am i couldn't imagine 2 of them going all morning, i would never get any sleep hahaha, thanks so much everyone :)
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Congratulations it's a girl !![​IMG] So nice to be able to say that. We see a lot of cockerels.
     

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