Barred rock/Easter egger crosses-anyone care to venture a guess?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by HenOnTheHill, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. HenOnTheHill

    HenOnTheHill Out Of The Brooder

    We hatched a few crosses from our flock hoping to get some olive-egger hens. I have been researching ways of distinguishing pullets from roos and have found a lot of useful info here on BYC and other sites. I have my opinions, but I am really curious to see what folks with more experience think. It is always fun to guess (even though I know the whole crow vs. egg waiting game will reveal the final decision)! I would really appreciate anyone's feedback!


    Chick #1 "Mosh" (because it likes to crowd surf on top of its fellow chicks)
    Pictured at 19 days old, Parents: Barred Rock roo over EE hen
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    Chick #2 "Bump"
    Pictured at 19 days old, Parents: Barred Rock roo over EE hen
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    Chick #3 "JJ"
    Pictured at 19 days old, Parents: Barred Rock roo over EE hen
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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Thing is, with having the barred parent be the rooster, you can't use the rules for sexing purebred barred chicks on these guys. They all inherited one barring gene, regardless of gender, so they'll all look basically like barred rock pullets until they're older. You'll just have to wait and watch for comb development and leg thickness, those will be your first indicators. Usually you'll have a good idea by 6 weeks.
     
  3. HenOnTheHill

    HenOnTheHill Out Of The Brooder

    Yes, through my searching, I figured out that I cannot rely on the barring, since in the barred rock breed both parents contribute to the barring, and the amount of "barring genes" differs between female and male. I was reading a lot about pea combs, which is why I included the close ups. That is really where I would like to learn more. I know they are still young, and all have homes waiting for them no matter what they turn out to be, I am just really curious and wanted to see if anyone else wanted to venture a guess.
     
  4. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Overrun With Chickens

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    too young
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Too young to tell for now-- post some more photos in a few weeks.
     
  6. HenOnTheHill

    HenOnTheHill Out Of The Brooder

    Ok, thank you!
     
  7. HenOnTheHill

    HenOnTheHill Out Of The Brooder

    Ugh, all boys!
     
  8. randysam11

    randysam11 Out Of The Brooder

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    i bred the same thing and all mine turned out to be boys too :(
    ill have to try again soon to see if theyll carry the colored egg gene.
    (read somewhere that its possible)
    ive currently got rir barred crosses in the incubator.
    hopefully ill get some girls out of this batch
     
  9. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Sorry to hear they turned out to all be boys.

    Just a BTW...you do realize you won't get Olive Eggers by breeding a medium brown layer breed like a Barred Rock to an Easter Egger...you will get a green egg layer, but a light green.

    You need a very dark egg layer like a Welsummer or Marans or Penedesenca bred to a blue egg layer like a Cream Legbar or Ameraucana or Easter Egger (if the EE carries the blue gene) to get the olive egg.

    Getting an olive egger will be harder breeding to an EE as it is already a hybrid and may only have one of the blue genes making it possible that your will get 50% brown and 50% green layers.

    Good luck with your next hatches...hopefully they will be girls.

    Lady of McCamley
     
  10. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Overrun With Chickens

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    Are you using a barred rooster with other hens or barred hens with another rooster? I was told the second option will give you all makes, and I never cares to test it out!
     

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