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Barred Rock Hens..24 weeks...could one be a rooster?!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by poulet2016, Oct 3, 2016.

  1. poulet2016

    poulet2016 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello!
    Our girls are 24 weeks now and we are getting some eggs which is so exciting. There is one hen that I am a little worried could be a cockerel though- she/he's definitely the top of the pecking order, bossing everyone else around, has always been a few days ahead in terms of development (her comb and wattle came in first) and was a tiny bit bigger than our other 2 barred rocks when they were little. Now they are the same size and their combs/wattles look the same..but the one in question is a little bit darker overall than the other two an her tail is a little more upright..this is what worries me. I did see her/him kind of jump on one of the other hens also the other day- I don't know if it was just being domineering or he was mounting the hen!
    So..if you are one of those people who can tell by photos...I got a bunch of the three of them together today..can you tell?!
    thanks!
    Val
    p.s. no crowing![​IMG]

    The one I am talking about is in the middle here amongst the 3 barred rocks.[​IMG]
    in the middle here (above)
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    munching on the sunflower right in front..see how she is darker by her head?
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Definitely pullets.
     
  3. Marianne25

    Marianne25 Out Of The Brooder

    Hi! Here is a pic of my Barred Rock rooster at around the same age (23 weeks). In general the males are lighter than the females, but their hackle and saddle feathers (on the roos) are unmistakable.
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  4. poulet2016

    poulet2016 Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh that makes me feel much better!! Thank you!!
     
  5. poulet2016

    poulet2016 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! Relieved to hear it.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    pullets
     
  7. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All pullets, she's just the dominant female in the flock.
     

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