Barred Rock--- Hens or Roos?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MandiRock, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Hens

    30 vote(s)
  2. Roos

    0 vote(s)
  3. At least one roo

    0 vote(s)
  4. I can't tell

    1 vote(s)
  1. MandiRock

    MandiRock Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 29, 2011
    Central Mississippi
    I have some 19 week old chickens. 3 are white leghorn hens, and 3 are barred rock hens. Or at least, they are supposed to be! I've noticed that their combs are large in comparison to those of my leghorns. I'm not sure if this is a breed difference, or if they possibly might be roosters.


    This is Kai-Lan on the left and Dora on the right. Kai-Lan has the biggest comb of the group, and it sort of folds over if you can't tell. Thats Olivia there in the background (Yes, my 3 year old named all 6 chickens)


    And here is the third barred rock, Kiki. In the background there we have Ming Ming.

    Here is a close up of Ming Ming just for comb comparison purposes, and bc she likes the camera :)

    As far as the tail feathers go, I don't see any noticeable difference in them right now.

    What do you guys think? Hens with combs on the larger side, or could they possibly be roosters?
  2. stephanie1992

    stephanie1992 Chillin' With My Peeps

    look like hens to me. notice the black wash on the front of there legs? it looks like there going to lay soon. the leghorns will get larger combs, some chickens mature quicker than others
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    I think the BR are hens. The barred feathers are sex-linked, if they were roos the black barring should be lighter (grey). I have seen light girls and dark boys, but I dont see the tell tale pointy saddle and hackles of a roo. So I vote girls :)
  4. nikki1

    nikki1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 16, 2011
    Eatonville, WA
    I am a rank amateur on telling the gender of chickens, so I won't chime in on that score. I got a good laugh out of their names, though. As the proud mom of a 4 year old girl, I caught every reference, and I can see our chickies this spring getting similar names. Almost a pity you don't have a roo. You could have had Diego, RinToo, Tuck, Boots...the list goes on and on.

    Incidentally, my daughter says she is Dora, I am Issa, her big brother is Diego, and her dad is The Big Red Chicken...but sometimes he gets dubbed The Grumpy Old Troll.

    Sorry if I hijacked this thread. I couldn't resist.

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  5. SueBaby

    SueBaby Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2011
    Oceanside, CA
    Look like hens to me. I agree with everything HowFunky said. BRs are about the only type of chicken I can sex. I wish I had known how to do it before I got 4, 2 of which were roosters. I also love the names. My kids are getting older, but I still can relate. Uniqua and Tasha would be high on my list if I went that route. [​IMG]
  6. teeville5

    teeville5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2011
    I'd say hens, too. I have 9 of them and yours look like mine did at that age. When they get closer to laying their combs got big, red, and a bit floppy. I understand it's natural for barred rock hen combs to do that.
  7. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Aug 30, 2007
    New York State
    My Coop
    All pullets. No chance of there being a cockerel in there at 19 weeks. They're almost ready to lay too. [​IMG]
  8. Margitas

    Margitas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2012
    Hudson NY
    Hens , sometime roo have lighter color than hens or same , but these defenetly hens.
    Im orpington breeder , and i sex lot chicks for the town .
  9. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2009
    Palmetto GA
    Your white hens are White Rock. Leghorns have big combs, white earlobes and lay white eggs.Youir hens have red earlobes and will lay brown eggs.
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    This. Those aren't leghorns, but they all do look like girls.

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