Barred Rock - Pullet or Roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jdoane, Sep 5, 2013.

  1. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK. Need some help here. I've posted both on the Barred Rock thread and the raising baby chicks thread and get mixed opinions.

    This is my 4 week old Barred Rock. She was sexed by Meyers as a pullet but we'll see. Up until 4 weeks all signs pointed to pullet (dark wash on legs, early tail feathers, pretty solid dot on her head as a tiny chick, currently pretty dark feathering). But at 4 weeks I noticed her little comb had pinked up just a tad. It didn't stay that way. Seems to come and go. And she has little waddles sprouting. I did compare to my Golden Sex Link of same age and it doesn't look any different.

    Here she is at 3 weeks

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    And here she is at 4 weeks

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    Any thoughts? I had heard barred rocks were pretty easy to sex at this age but....

    Thanks!
     
  2. cluckcluckluke

    cluckcluckluke Overrun With Chickens

    Looks like a little rooster!!!
     
  3. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The coloring says pullet so far but I would keep an eye on that comb. If it keeps developing quickly like that, then you may have a boy with poor coloring.
     
  4. Iuvmychix

    Iuvmychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Do I see a white spot on his head? If so, he is a he...................
     
  6. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope. No white spot. I think that may have been a little halo effect from the remaining fuzz on her/his head. Head is pretty dark with only flecks of light grey/white.
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I think that it is a pullet, based off the coloring (males would be lighter). However, "she" may turn out to be a "he" if that comb gets larger/redder!
     
  8. jdoane

    jdoane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really no big change in a week. "She" is now 5 weeks. The comb doesn't seem much bigger and hasn't gotten any pinker. It does seem to get pink when "she's" been running around a lot.

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    And her comb is almost exactly the size and color of my Golden Sex Link.

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  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That's a pullet.
     

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