Barred rock, 3 weeks old... is this a male or female?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Curious1234, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. mabel7115

    mabel7115 In the Brooder

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    I am new to chickens, but if he has feathers on his feet he could be a barred feather footed breed. I have a barred cochin and he looked like that as a chick.
     
  2. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

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    Feathered feet sure aren't normal for a barred rock; maybe it's a Marans? I'm not good at telling cuckoo and barred apart. But legs that are both pink and feathered? That's two strikes against barred Rock.
     
  3. Curious1234

    Curious1234 Chirping

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    Hmmm... can hatcheries mix up chick breeds???
     
  4. Hatcheries rarely have true, pure or bred to standard birds. The sell lots and lots of chicks and their focus is not like a breeder who specializes in a particular breed of bird. We tend to use the term "hatchery quality", which means you'll get a chicken. A healthy chicken, normally. If you want true Barred Rocks, true Araucana, or true RIR, you'll have to get them from a breeder, not a feed store.
     
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    What a crazy mix of all the wrong characteristics to be a barred rock. Boy, if hatcheries are turning out birds that are so far removed from standard why do they bother to sell different breeds?

    I am guessing boy.
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I'm guessing male and that is NOT a Barred Rock. BRs have yellow legs by that age (baby legs sometimes appear orangey-pink), no feathers on them, and even hatchery stock's barring is way more even than this little guy's.

    I'm betting it's supposed to be a Cuckoo Maran, but even for a CM, that is a mess of barring.

    If you sent a picture of that bird, including the legs, to the hatchery and they tell you it is one of their BRs, they've fallen farther into the abyss than I thought. I've had BRs from Ideal and McMurray and they were a far cry from that one.

    Please don't get me wrong, he's cute as a button, but a pure anything, I'd seriously doubt.
     
  7. ESofVA

    ESofVA Songster

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    Beautiful color! I am new, too and just learning. Some breeds of chickens do have feathered legs and feet like a Cochin for instance. Brahmas, Salmon Faverolle, Silkies...too. Mine are more heavily feathered than yours so maybe a cross between feathered and non-feathered...I don't know yet how the genetics for this trait works. It may be that it just isn't well feathered. Maybe a Cochin cross? Or even a Cochin... someone????
     
  8. Curious1234

    Curious1234 Chirping

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    Thank you all for the input! :) Anyway, it seems that this one is a mystery chick with unknown mixed breed! Wonder how I got him...still hoping it's a her since we can't have roosters here. Who knows? Maybe it'll be a girl and it's so confusing because it's a mixed breed. [​IMG]
     
  9. hdowden

    hdowden Crowing

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    i think its a marans or a marans mix cockerel
     
  10. Curious1234

    Curious1234 Chirping

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    Here are some pics of when this chick was wayyyy younger. It looks like s/he USED to have yellow feet. But she always had feathers along her/his feet.
    Does this change things? Seems his/her feet turned pink when the comb turned pink. Her/his feet and comb are the same color now. Light peachy pink.

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