Barred Rock - Coloring of cockerel vs. pullet

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by megg902, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. megg902

    megg902 Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought 5 BR from Tractor Supply. Was told they were all pullets but now thats it has been a while I think I have a boy in the mix. "He" is about the same size but lighter in color. His black is closer to a dark grey. And he has a brighter wattle and his comb is also brighter and larger. Chances it's a boy?? I'm at work right now...(dont tell [​IMG] )..... but I will post pics when I get home. Thanks for the help!!
     
  2. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds suspicious! What are the colors of it's legs? If the fronts are black, you should be safe, but if they are yellow then you've got yourself a little cockeral.
     
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Sounds like you have your eye on things. The roos show themselves fairly quickly and the difference at 5 weeks is very obvious. Side by side with a pullet the roo stick out. A lot of roos have black streaks down the leg fronts, so you cannot rely on that alone.


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  4. megg902

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    Here is the little "guy". The more i looked at him tonight the more i think he is a he for sure. I forgot to get a shot of his legs but they are pretty thick and mostly yellow but do have light black stripes down the front.
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  5. mother o' chicks72

    mother o' chicks72 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh..yeah...that's a boy. he is really handsome though. [​IMG]
     
  6. GentlyLiving

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    How old is he in those pics? I am curious because I am hoping that my "girls" are not actually roos as I suspect. I only have two though and they look the same so nothing to compare them too!
     
  7. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Yep that's a boy. :thumbsup
     
  8. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same questions about my Barred Rocks. At least I think they are BR's. I got them from a hatchery as a "hatchery choice pullet special". They are 6 and a half weeks old.


    This one is darker and the comb is pinking up already.
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    Pullet?
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    This one has strange feathers that are frizzy looking.
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  9. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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  10. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    all pullets
     

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