Barred Rock Chick

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Mylied, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Mylied

    Mylied Overrun With Chickens

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    This is probably a rooster because of the straight barring right? It's about a week old. The other two barred rocks I got have black wings so far, so I'm hoping for some pullets. Funny thing is, I was hoping it was a girl since it just had one defined yellow dot on it's head. Legs aren't too dark or light.

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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Too soon to tell yet. Once the wings are mostly feathered, then you can start to get a good idea of whether or not a chick has male or female barring. Two stripes on a wing isn't going to tell you much.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I'm thinking pullet. Can we get a shot of the chick's legs and head spot?

    If your other birds don't have white coming in, are you positive they're barred Rocks?
     
  4. Mylied

    Mylied Overrun With Chickens

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    Oh, ok. I thought the male's barring came in straight and the female's irregular. This is my first time with barred rocks. I'll post pics of all three and you all can see if you can tell. The other two do have some white on their wings, it's just not as noticeable yet.

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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Okay, the others are barred, they're just a little smuttier colored. I believe they're all pullets.
     
  6. Mylied

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    What makes you say that, Donrae? Just for my own education. Thanks.
     
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The darker overall coloring. males have two barring genes, so they have twice as much white as black. Those two copies also make the legs a clean yellow, one copy like a female has allows the dark coloring to overlay the yellow. The nice tight head spots are also female indicators.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    the females do seem to have a dark wash over their legs while the boys have yellow
     
  9. Mylied

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    I sure hope you're right because I'd rather not have another rooster.
     
  10. Mylied

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    Here's an update on the wing coloring. They are looking very pretty.

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