Barred rock genders

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by timelord1020, Jun 11, 2017.

  1. timelord1020

    timelord1020 Songster

    May 2, 2017
    Fort Pierce Florida
    Okay so I've asked about these two when they were younger but got a lot of contradicting replies these are my barred rocks Merlin and Mazikeen they are 2 months old and their coloring is that of a female. I think Merlin might be a boy though and I can't have roosters where I live.
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  2. Lamaremybabies

    Lamaremybabies Crowing

    Nov 2, 2015
    New England
    Their feathering says female to me, but I'm by no means an expert
  3. debid

    debid Crowing

    Jan 20, 2011
    middle TN
    Here's the problem -- a barred Rock cockerel has two copies of a barring gene while a female only has one. That makes him look lighter and most of the time, you can easily see the difference. OTOH, a male sexlink will have one barring gene so he temporarily looks like a barred Rock pullet.

    That's a lot of comb/wattle for 8 weeks. The rooster feathers would still be a couple weeks off but then it will crystal clear if you have sexlinks rather than Rocks.
  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    x2 with debid
    That's an awful lot of comb for 8 weeks of age.
    I think you have 2 roosters.
    And unless you have a female beside the male at this stage, it can be awfully hard to see if that is black on white or white on black.
    They could also be BSL roosters as well.

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