Barred Rock Hen or Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by WoodsEng, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. WoodsEng

    WoodsEng New Egg

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    I thought I had one rooster and 4 hens but I'm unsure now of one of my barred rock chickens. The rooster has been crowing for awhile now but in the last week I have been hearing two different crows coming from inside the coop but I am unable to see who the second rooster is. Here is a picture of the barred rock chicken that I'm starting to think is a rooster.[​IMG]
     
  2. Joshw

    Joshw Out Of The Brooder

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    That looks like a rooster to me. It is a tough call from the picture, but it looks like it is starting
    to get the longer tail feathers. You should be able to tell if you put it beside a hen. The roosters
    have 2 barred genes, so they will have more white in their feathers, which makes them look
    lighter than the hens. Also look on the back of the legs for spurs.
     
  3. Sunshine0235

    Sunshine0235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a rooster, you can kind of see the pointy hackle and saddle feathers, plus he is lighter than the hen in the background.
     
  4. WoodsEng

    WoodsEng New Egg

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    I only have one other barred rock and its a rooster. The other three hens are a mixture of breeds. The barred rock rooster doesn't have the long curved tail feathers like this one does. Here's a couple pictures of the rooster. [​IMG]
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  5. Sunshine0235

    Sunshine0235 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually don't think either are pure. Barred rocks should only be black and white barred, and the one in question has a different comb.
     
  6. WoodsEng

    WoodsEng New Egg

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    I'm not sure on the purity, the local guy I bought these from has multiple breeds that are free range so it's more likely to be mixed. I'm pretty sure now that it is a rooster. I'll keep an eye out for his crow and in the meantime figure out what I'm going to do with him.
     
  7. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rooster.
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Definitely a rooster.
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Both are roosters, but I agree, neither one is purebred, especially the one with red on the wings.
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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