Barred Rock or Black Australorp?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by harleyjo, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you tell the difference between a Barred Rock pullet and a Black Australorp pullet? I have a chick I thought was BA but now as she is getting bigger and I see BR's I don't know. She is black, yellowish white around the eyes and chest and black body with white barring starting.
     
  2. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

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    If she's starting to bar up it's a dead giveaway.
    As peeps they do look very similar but I believe the leg coloring is suposed to differ. You will have to ask teh experts to be certain in that regard. I don't have any barred rocks but I think their legs are supposed to be yellow.
     
  3. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have pics ?
     
  4. HOUSE OF ROCK A DOODLE

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    BA chicks legs are dark
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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  6. lubmychickens

    lubmychickens New Egg

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    Interesting, I just bought some BA because I had young hens who sat too early this spring. Turns out 2 of them are sitting now. [​IMG]
    Same thing here, 2 of my chicks (which are about a month old now) sure do look alot like BR. I don't remember any of the other ones looking like this, they also have little white tufts at the end of their wings. I'll try to get a pic to post tomorrow, I am curious also.
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  7. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Barred Rocks can gernerally be sexed by their leg color as well as their head spots and backs, but pullets have dark legs and the roos have yellow leg.
     
  8. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Legs are black, no spot on head. So far just white barring coming in on the lower sides of body. Rest of body is still black. I will try to get pics tomorrow. I was just going to let them get a little bigger yet before I took more
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    This is a picture of the chick at 4 weeks and she is a few weeks older now. The one with the white/yellow around the eyes and you can see a little of the barring on the lower side of her body and white tips on her wings.
     
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  9. RAREROO

    RAREROO Overrun With Chickens

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    Nevermind, your pic link wasnt right so I fixed it but you did to at the same time,

    Anyway, its not a barred rock, thats not barring, its normal for young black chicks to have some spots like that.
     
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  10. harleyjo

    harleyjo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank-you, I redid the pic and got it too.
     

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