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Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by neithardt, Sep 25, 2015.
Bought a RIR and Barred Rock pullets 2 weeks ago. Starting to think BR might be roo.
The coloring is a bit light for a pullet, but feathering does not indicate 'cockerel' - yet.
How old, it's looking like a rooster to me.
I'm going to stick with rooster.
That's a tricky one. The black on the beak and legs indicates hen, the barring looks a bit light for, more like a roo. The red comb looks small for 16 weeks, though big for a girl, and it took a bit longer for my girls' to turn that read. You would think he'd be crowing his head off, leaving no question about roo vs hen. Also, this is my rooster at about 16 weeks old, and you can see his saddle and hackle feathers are looking sharp, and tail is fattening and getting longer.
My female at 16 weeks:
I would definitely say that's a rooster by the lighter baring.
All in all, my guess is going towards a hen.. I think you would have heard growing, and there would be 'streamers' of smaller bands along the neck and saddle by now if it was a roo. The red face and larger waddle/comb look like a female that's hitting maturity and soon ready to lay. Are you 100% on 16 weeks? Maybe she'll be an early layer. Here's my girls at 20 weeks, getting mature and soon laying.
Can't look at the shape of the body, unfortunately, lmao. These males are built fat and round and look just as silly as the girls when they run, though I have noticed my roo will 'strut', therefore stick out his chest more while my girls keep a more folded over composure and will mostly just talk and cock their heads.
Seller said 14 weeks when I got them on 09/10. Seemed confident they were pullets, told me they should be laying the 1st week of December. That would be 24 weeks.
The seller got them as chicks, I guess he could be a little off on the hatch date.