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Barred rock chicken...hen or rooster??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by robinef, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. robinef

    robinef Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Hi everyone! We are new to the chicken arena, but having so much fun with our kiddos :) A couple of months ago, my fiance brought home two chicks from a coworker's farm..they were probably a few weeks old at the time. We had no clue about the sex (or breed!) for awhile. We're thinking they are barred yard, but certainly could be something else. One was definitely larger, with a more notable tail feather pattern. However, it was (and still is) the "follower" of the two... very docile, the second to leave the run, the second to eat/drink, and always runs to catch up with its sibling when the other one is scoping out a new part of the yard. Now, the two look very very similar. The tail feathers are a little bit lighter, and it has a weird, puffy feather-cheek thing happening. We always thought there was a chance it'd be a rooster just because it was larger initially. This morning, I heard a definite crow come from that chicken around 7 am a handful of times when I was walking up to let them out of the pen. I could be wrong, but it might've been when a choral of dogs started barking. We live in a neighborhood with lots of animals. Again, we're really not sure on age, guessing about 3 months now? I'll attach some pictures. Is it too early to know for sure? Any chance she's a hen?? And if not, what do we do? We want to keep it, but definitely don't want fertilized eggs, and also city ordinances are obviously in place against roosters. Also, we don't want to leave our hen alone without another chicken, but I'm afraid she will beat up on any new chicks we introduce. [​IMG]
    Thank you!!
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2016
    Southwest Virginia
    Barring is different in each gender. Photos of one of my barred rock pullets and cockerel below for an example..


    That being said, it looks like your birds are mixed. Looks like they have beard and 'tufts' - so possibly some sort of easter egger mix? From the barring, they look like pullets to me, but their mixed heritage could be playing tricks there...
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2016
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  3. DuckGirl77

    DuckGirl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2016
    I agree you probably have a mixed breed. Pretty sure you have a roo there.
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Mixed breed cockerel(s)
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    mixed breed cockerels
  6. mustangrooster

    mustangrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think I have to agree with everyone else. Your birds are not purebred barred Rocks..but mixes. And looks like you have cockerels.
  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    I'm also seeing cockerels.
  8. robinef

    robinef Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 19, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    Yes we got some more crowing this morning, I think it's a done deal. Just throwing this question out there.... We know the two are siblings. If the other one is a hen, is there any chance they won't partner up with each other? I'm not sure if incest works the same way in the animal world as the people world, but we just love them and hate to get rid of either one!!! Also, anyone have any experience with the no crow collar? Is it terribly awful?
  9. chicgirl11

    chicgirl11 New Egg

    Sep 5, 2016
    Victoria, Australia
    Anyone know the sex of these babies they are around 4-5weeks old

  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Post a pic of the other bird, but it looks like a cockerel also from what I can see.

    If you do have a pair (one male, one female), they may be able to live together, or he may horribly overmate her. It's one of those "try it and see how your particular animals do" kind of things.

    If you have two cockerels, they can live together quite well. With no ladies to compete for, guys just hang out and have a pretty good life for the most part. It's if/when you want to get hens that things could get interesting. There could be massive fighting over the ladies, or there could be pretty much no drama and everyone lives happily ever after.

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