Barred Rock chick question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by cqranch, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. cqranch

    cqranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what age will a Barred Rock chick start to show the barring? I have one that at a month old is still solid black.
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    They should show it from the first time you see the little wing feathers. Yours is not a BR.
     
  3. cqranch

    cqranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Then my roo must not be a full BR. He does have the barring and I know the egg was a BR hen, because those were the only hens laying when I hatched them and he was the only roo I had at the time.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Can you post a picture of the little one? May be a little chickie-mutant, LOL. Does your rooster happen to have green in any of his tail feathers or any off color feathers? Sometimes a Black Sexlink rooster chick is plunked in the Barred Rock tank at the feedstore. They look similar.
     
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  5. cqranch

    cqranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes he does have some green in his tail feathers
     
  6. cqranch

    cqranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    now i'm gonna have to find a new roo.. @%#$!
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm sorry. [​IMG]
     
  8. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a similar situation. I thought I had a BR rooster when in fact, he was a sex link. Speckled Hen is correct: they look very much alike and for a while too!
     
  9. cqranch

    cqranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think I may just turn the BR hens and my now Black sex-link roo in with the mixed flock and just hold that breeding coop for my Speckled Sussex this spring.

    Here's a pic of the roo... tail feathers aren't solid, but do have some green in them..

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  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    His hackles are much too silvery to be pure BR, so yes, I'd say that's a black sexlink rooster. And the barring is wildly erratic, another sign that he's not a pure BR. He is, however, half BR since that is the hen part of the equation.
     

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