Barred Rock? Hen or Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by anne23, Oct 10, 2016.

Male or female?

Poll closed Dec 31, 2016.
  1. Male

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  2. Female

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  3. Unsure

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  1. anne23

    anne23 Just Hatched

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    I always assumed that this chicken was a hen but today I am not so sure. I thought I saw it jumping on the back of a chicken like the boys do but it was just for a few seconds and it was off. This one we bought around end of March or beginning of April. At first we thought it was a rooster due to the redness but it never crowed like the araucana we ended up with at the same time. I don't see spurs on it but it is almost as big as the unusually large silkie rooster. It is bigger than the araucana rooster but that rooster is about the same size as the isa brown hens.


    I don't know if we have enough hens for 3 roosters. However, this chicken is large. It is a lot larger than the other barred rock we have. The other barred rock is darker in color which I noticed awhile ago but didn't think much of it. The barred rock doesn't have as much red as this one does either. The ? barred rock doesn't make much noise but it one time honked at me for food (like a weird cluck that sounded more like a goose honk). It doesn't crow like the other boys. The tail feathers look more like the roos though and it's almost as big as my massive silkie.


    When we introduced the silkie rooster, it didn't fight with the silkie rooster like the araucana did. The araucana still crows although the silkie is def the big boss.


    A friend said it may be a late bloomer but it seems really late in the season for the chicken. It would be almost over six months since I've had it. I also don't want it to get hormones and start trying to fight the other roos because it was bad trying to get the silkie and araucana to get a pecking order. In fact, they established it by accident when I had to run inside one day because I was stung by a lot of wasps that created a nest on the spare coop so I didn't secure the bottom of the rooster's coop fully. I don't want the pecking order really messed with by a new hormonal boy. Not to mention the silkie is starting to be a jerk.

    Here's the ?

    http://imgur.com/svsDgDF

    http://imgur.com/fC9dkCA

    http://imgur.com/i4xJJR1

    http://imgur.com/Am4eNqC

    http://imgur.com/crTZdkL

    http://imgur.com/4caBnH1

    http://imgur.com/9ikpcWG

    http://imgur.com/uApp2QN

    http://imgur.com/qLkMh6j

    http://imgur.com/96WAk4Z


    Here's the barred rock hen

    http://imgur.com/K1yyqIx

    http://imgur.com/8KbHnFe

    http://imgur.com/cM1CbG9

    http://imgur.com/srzBsmg

    http://imgur.com/dp4ncL1


    Araucana

    http://imgur.com/DkNsDvn

    http://imgur.com/QhEa8XU


    Silkie

    http://imgur.com/xULvQfv

    http://imgur.com/FNSaQqn

    http://imgur.com/2DTpNGk
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2016
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    The Barred Rock is a cockerel. Also, you have an Easter Egger, not an Araucana.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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  4. chickencraz

    chickencraz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x3 unless you live in the UK or Australia, in which case you can call him an Araucana.
     
  5. anne23

    anne23 Just Hatched

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    I did call him an easter egg but someone else on a different forum called him something else so I assumed I was wrong.


    Thanks for answering! It will be interesting to see the new rooster and hear when he crows.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  7. chickencraz

    chickencraz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Most hatcheries sell EE as araucanas, ameraucanas or americanas, even though they aren't. Feed stores that hatcheries sell to have to call them what the hatchery does, so many people are confused. Araucanas and Ameraucana are breed with specific color patterns and body shape and should ONLY lay BLUE eggs. Many people wrongly assume that the breed they were told it was is what breed it is.
    I get how it's confusing. My first EE's were sold to me as Americanas when I didn't know the difference. Now that I do, I laughed when the feed store we usually buy chickens from said that they wouldn't be able to get EE's this year, and would get Ameraucanas instead.
     
  8. anne23

    anne23 Just Hatched

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    Actually, the feed store had him in the silkie bin. I picked him because he was a little bit bigger than the other silkies. My significant other kept on saying that I bought a hawk instead of a chicken once we realized he was not looking like a silkie.
     
  9. chickencraz

    chickencraz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That reminds me our how we got our newest EE. We were at the feed store, buying chicken food, and we looked at the chicks they had in. We weren't planing on getting any, but we saw a white chick with fluffy cheeks in the bin labeled as Ameraucanas & Black Sex-links. We knew they were EEs, and thought it'd be cool to have a white one. One of the store helpers put her in a box and labeled her as a Black Sex-link. We tried to explain that she was an "Ameraucana" not a sex-link, but the person told us that the "Ameraucanas" were only the squirrely ones. So we ended paying for a sex-link instead of an "Ameraucana" but it's their loss, because sex-links were cheaper, and we got a wonderful EE out of it.
     

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