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Barred Cochin roo or hen help

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Sstewart, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. Sstewart

    Sstewart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]The one on the right here is the one in question. The one on the left is the previously identified roo. Below they are on opposite sides in the next couple of pictures.

    [​IMG]They are six weeks old now and a couple of weeks ago I thought their combs were both turning pink and then red....then one stopped. Smaller comb, lighter and the bird is bigger.

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    Thoughts?
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Based on the size of the comb on the boy, I would say she's a girl. But there's still plenty of time for surprises.
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Where both parents barred, or only one?
     
  4. Sstewart

    Sstewart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know. I received the eggs from my pet chicken. All I know is that they were label barred Cochin.
     
  5. Sstewart

    Sstewart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is a close up of the one in question.
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  6. chickendreams24

    chickendreams24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have a ten week old I'm thinking is a hen just wanted to see how yours turn out :)
     
  7. Sstewart

    Sstewart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I absolutely will. I am hoping that someone else might chime in with thoughts. Usually with Barred chickens...the darker the barring...female. Lighter is a roo. Both of mine seem very light in coloring....and they seem to be the same color. That is why I am so uncertain. Even though they can follow certain patterns, each one is different. Feel free to post a picture of yours here.
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    The lighter barring is caused by two copies of the barring gene, something only males can have.
     
  9. Sstewart

    Sstewart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So....do have thoughts about the second one?
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    Since they both have lighter barring, they are both male. One is just maturing a bit faster than they other. With the way that the barring gene works, it's just not possible for a female to be light like a male. A barred hen can only pass her barring gene on to her male offspring. A barred rooster can pass his barring gene to both male and female offspring. This is why males get two copies , one from each parent, and look lighter. Females only get one barring gene, and it can only come from their father.
     

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