Barred Rock Chicks-How to tell gender

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  1. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How can I tell the gender of my 4 and a half week old Barred Rock chicks? Some are very dark with not a lot of white, and some are a grayish black color with white stripes. Can you tell from color? Sorry, no pics right now. Maybe can get some soon. Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Fierlin1182

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    I've been having a look through some old threads, to see if I can find anything out, and it appears to me that people are saying roosters are lighter than the females.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/352696/barred-rock-genders

    I'm not sure though, so don't take my word on it! Pictures would certainly help people identify them. Good luck!

    Ah, wait, I've just found a better thread.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/237615/bantam-barred-rock-gender
    I hope this helps! There's a lot of good info there.
     
  3. applefalls

    applefalls Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had barred rocks a few years ago and wasted a lot of time worrying about them being roosters! They acted like roosters, and to this day one of mine STILL acts like a rooster!
    Every 'tip' I read that could distinguish them as roosters fit their descriptions perfectly, yet it turned out that none of them were roosters.[​IMG]

    So my advice to you is to take what you read with a grain of salt. You'll know for sure when they start (or don't start) laying![​IMG]
     
  4. PoultryGirly

    PoultryGirly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone. Your posts were VERY helpful.
     

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