Barred Brahma

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lazypifarm, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. Pullet

    1 vote(s)
  2. Cockerel

    3 vote(s)
  3. You'll Just Have To Wait, You Impatient Poultry Person You

    1 vote(s)
  1. lazypifarm

    lazypifarm In the Brooder

    Dec 5, 2011
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Hi guys,

    I'm normally pretty good at sexing young chickens, but this one is eluding me. He/she is about 3 months old, half grown. I haven't seen any sign of hackle or saddle feathers. It's a barnyard mix with mostly light Brahma blood. That's where the feathers come from. It looks like a pea comb, which would be right for a Brahma. What do you think? I tried to get a better picture, but I couldn't catch it last night; this was the best shot I got! If it's inconclusive, I can try to get a better shot tonight when they coop up. Maybe treats will do the trick. ;) Thank you!

  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    He's a cockerel, in my opinion. In barred breeds/barred breed mixes, males are almost always lighter in color. Females are a darker color. His comb, face, and wattles are quite red as well, another indication of a rooster. You probably won't start seeing saddle or hackle feathers until he is five months old or so.
  3. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    Yes, I would say that is a cockerel. That is based on coloring (male barred birds are typically lighter than females), the red comb, face, and wattles, and the thickness of the legs. But I'm not 100% sure of its gender, so I would wait and see. Post new photos in a few weeks; by then, its gender should be more obvious.

    I agree with you in that it has some Brahma blood in it.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2013
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Probably cockerel, but I'm just not sure. Thing is, you can only go by the lighter/darker coloring in pure barred roosters. Once you get a mix, that's not necessarily accurate. It would help to know what momma and dad are, basically to know if it's a sex link. If momma was barred and dad wasn't, then it's a cockerel.

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