1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Barred Plymouth- Roosters?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by dpack, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. dpack

    dpack New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Jul 9, 2016
    I got these two in July, here we are in January and still no eggs. My neighbor thinks at least one may be a rooster because of his/her size. My understanding is the saddle feathers are the giveaway. Can anyone definitively tell me if either or both of these are roosters. [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  2. TopRooster

    TopRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    167
    7
    61
    Mar 27, 2016
    They both are roosters. I'm surprised you haven't heard crowing
     
  3. dpack

    dpack New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Jul 9, 2016
    That's what I though, thanks. Actually we bought them in October, not July. So they're around 6 months old. No crowing yet. But I still need to get rid of them
     
  4. Cel45

    Cel45 Chillin' With My Peeps

    658
    55
    109
    Oct 28, 2015
    Houston, Tx
    Definite cockerels
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,452
    3,522
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    [​IMG]

    Yep, both cockerels.

    Saddle feathers are surely the giveaway. Only males have those.

    Since they're pure barred birds, they have the extra tell tale of the coloring. The males have twice as much light as dark, basically, so the overall look of the bird is much lighter on males than females. If you had a female for a side by side comparison, the difference would be striking.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    81,035
    8,126
    766
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    x 2
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    23,603
    1,310
    396
    Jul 24, 2013
    Cockerels.
     
  8. dpack

    dpack New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Jul 9, 2016
    Thanks. I'm a little annoyed that I didn't learn enough before agreeing to buy them and very annoyed that the farmer who sold them outright lied that they were hens, he even advertised them as such. I don't have room or need for roosters.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by