Barred Rock Chick Gender

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mikey shaw, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. mikey shaw

    mikey shaw New Egg

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    Hi all-
    I'm new to chickens and got 4 brand new chicks about 3 1/2 weeks ago. 2 barred rocks, 1 RIR and 1 BO. I initially though one of the BR may be a rooster because it was a GIANT compared to the others. I think they were all the same age when I got them. (1 or 2 days old). Now, based on coloring, I think the little BR may be a rooster. It is by far the littlest of all the chicks. BUT, it seems to be a little lighter than the other BR and has a large white smear on the head, as where the larger BR's white has turned to stripes already. Any ideas? We can't have a rooster, so wanna know sooner than later!

    thanks.
     
  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Roosters are bigger and BR roosters are also lighter than hens. Though pictures will always help. :)
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Photos would help an awful lot.

    The differences between the males and females makes sexing them at 5-6 weeks very, very obvious. Here's a few of my photos of both hatchery type and true bred type. The males sprout combs and wattles months ahead of the females.
    The males have double barring genes, so they look brighter, bolder in white barring. The females will duller in comparison.


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    Male on left, females on right.

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    Hatchery stock pair
     
  4. mikey shaw

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  5. mikey shaw

    mikey shaw New Egg

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    thanks for the quick responses! Just posted a few pictures.
     
  6. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    It's a girl.

    Basing it off of colour of barring, and legs. She's a hatchery quality Barred Plymouth Rock :)
     
  8. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree. :)
     
  9. mikey shaw

    mikey shaw New Egg

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    thanks! i guess time will tell :)
     
  10. Coop Deville

    Coop Deville Chillin' With My Peeps

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