Barred Rock rooster - mixed breed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Frizzlett98, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. Frizzlett98

    Frizzlett98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't have a picture that shows this but my Barred Rock rooster , Larry, which I was told he was just Barred Rock, has some tiny brown-ish yellow feathers on the back of his neck. Could he be mixed or is this normal for a purebred Barred Rock? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Some of the hatchery Barred Rocks I've had have had odd colored red/yellow feathers here or there... the APA standard actually says that Red or Yellow in any part of the plumage is a disqualification, so it obviously happens even in purebred show birds... it is just unwanted / incorrect.
     
  3. Frizzlett98

    Frizzlett98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think these are hatchery but I wasn't told they weren't either. Thanks
     
  4. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Too bad you can't post a picture. I'm wondering, based on your description, if Larry is a Black Sex Link cockerel. They look a lot like Barred Rocks but usually with some reddish feathers in the neck or saddle. Because Black Sex Link male chicks look exactly like Barred Rock chicks, they sometimes in up in a hatchery's Barred Rock brooder with the Barred Rock chicks by mistake.
     
  5. Frizzlett98

    Frizzlett98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I'm sure he's a Barred Rock but the feathers had me wondering. I saw a Barred Rock today with those same feathers.
     

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