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Barred Rock...gender help!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by aligoody, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. aligoody

    aligoody Out Of The Brooder

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    Got my first ever chickens today and was hoping you could help identify the gender of my 7 week old Barred Rock baby! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Chicken Egg 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As big as its comb and wattles are at almost two months old I would say cockerel
     
  3. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Ditto
     
  4. chickens r life

    chickens r life Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cockerel 2x
     
  5. aligoody

    aligoody Out Of The Brooder

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    eeep! Thank you all! Luckily I can "trade" him back for a lady [​IMG] Any things in particular I should look for to identify a female, other than a smaller comb and wattles?
     
  6. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    I'm no expert, but at that age I'd say the comb and wattle is the only real thing you can go for - it should be not too bad if the breeder has lots of barred chickens of the same age for direct comparison.

    Good luck!

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  7. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Female Barred Rocks are DARKER LOOKING, have Darker legs as well. compared to the female the males will have a grayish look while females have a more blackish look. When you go for your trade you will notice what I'm saying. side by side you will be able to pick the darker one pretty easily. Hope this helps! I got 7 Barred Rock females coming April 11th. I can't wait. I just pray they get here safe and sound. :)
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

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    Just as an fji, your bird is not a Rock. It's a Dominique, they have the rose combs. Rocks have straight combs.

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    When picking out a barred pullet, look for a bird that's darker overall. males have twice as much white as black, females have twice as much black as white. And small, fleshy colored combs until they're ready to lay (under 4-5 months).
     
  9. RodNTN

    RodNTN Queen of The Coop Premium Member

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    It looks like you've got a cockerel on your hands, and i agree with everyone else, barred rock hens are darker. i read that roosters feathers are more vibrant and brighter. And I'm pretty sure its true. I've had 3 roosters and all of their feathers were a lot more brighter. Hope this helps! [​IMG]
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Dominique Cockerel
     
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