barred rock leg color

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sixty7x, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. sixty7x

    sixty7x Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2010
    Warwick RI
    I was curious if barred rocks had similiar leg coloring to RIR's or should it be different. My BR's legs are yellow/orange but the front of the leg and tops of toes are brownish/grey. Is this normal?
  2. critterranch

    critterranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 1, 2010
    Red Creek, New York
    yes thats normal my hens did the samething bright yellow then with age 6-8 months they got the gray/brown on the front.
    my cuckoo marans did the same thing but had white gray legs then dark gray on front
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    The APA SOP says:
    Shanks and toes: Yellow.



    Last edited: Jan 8, 2011
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    In most hatchery type BR stock, the pullets have a dark wash down the yellow leg fronts. In show types, you don't see that as often, but that is part of the way you sex BRs in addition to the head spots when they hatch, the leg color. I've seen that show types have less yellow color much of the time, sort of washed out looking and it seems the better the barring, the less yellow the leg color, but they're supposed to have yellow legs. Kathy, those are beautiful Rocks!

    This old document mentions that as a sexing tool:

    Historical Document
    Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station


    It had long been recognized that the size of the light head
    spots in Barred Plymouth Rocks varied in the two sexes. The
    males tend to have larger headspots and the females to have
    darker colored legs. However, this method has not been sufficiently
    accurate to be of much commercial value.
    Quinn and Knox (1939) attempted to separate the sexes of
    Barred Plymouth Rocks by means of the intensity of the black
    pigment in the down and legs. In different lots of chicks they
    report 83.5, 86.1 and 91.8 percent accuracy.
    Jerome (1939) describes a method of sex identification in
    Barred Plymouth Rocks based upon the regularity of the outline
    of the head spot rather than the size of the spot. Those chicks
    having headspots irregular in outline and scattered in appearance
    are males while the females tend to have headspots with
    more regular outlines. The author claimed an accuracy of 90
    percent or better when considering only the headspot and 95
    percent if the color of the legs was included in the consideration.
    The Canadian Department of Agriculture (Anonymous 1941)
    issues an excellently illustrated bulletin describing the method.
    It is stated in the bulletin that the method “is widely practiced
    in Barred Rock chicks by commercial chick sexers.” Sex identification
    is based upon outline of head spot, color of legs and
    shade of down color. There are several types of male and female
    head spots some of which are shown in Figure 1.​
  5. sixty7x

    sixty7x Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2010
    Warwick RI
    o.k. thanks everyone. I certainly don't think my BR is a show bird. A neighbor of mine knew someone that had a few chickens and after a dog attack only one hen survived. We took her in about a month ago and she's been great. I just wasn't sure about the leg color. I'm told she was hatched in july which puts her about 6months old. her size seems o.k., but her comb looks a bit small but I can only compare her to my 2 RIR's. These are my first chickens.

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