Barred Rock Rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bellmare, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. bellmare

    bellmare Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This barred rock was sold to me at 8-10 weeks as a sexed pullet. I know hatcheries make mistakes but when I bought her I was confident based on her dark washed legs, darker coloring and pale pink comb she was a hen. She or he is now 14-16 weeks old and huge, with a bright red comb and wattles and I could swear I see saddle feathers developing. Am I crazy or is this a rooster? I thought roosters were lighter overall (distinctive bars) with obviously yellow legs but I'm thinking I just have a boring looking cockerel. Lol Perhaps it's just a very mature pullet? No crowing to speak of yet, and no mounting but he/she stands tall and has a dominant attitude.
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  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree that the barring is pullety, but the stance and comb make me say cockerel.
     
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  3. bellmare

    bellmare Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bump! Appreciate the response but I'd like to see if others agree :)
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    I have one like that too. She has more narrow feathering overall and is very dark. She lays pretty brown eggs. Barred Rocks are pretty fast to mature generally. If that comb didn't turn red until 14 weeks, it's a pullet.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Do you know what her exact age was (in weeks) when the comb turned bright red? The dark barring definitely says, pullet, so without more definite info on the comb, and despite its size and redness, I'm leaning toward pullet.
     
  6. fire370

    fire370 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the above 2 posts. Pullet. I can usually peg a barred rock roo very early. I'd say she's close to leaving treasures.
     
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  7. bellmare

    bellmare Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all for the replies! Unfortunately this morning I heard some very distinctive beginning crowing out in the coop. Although I didn't directly see the culprit my only other rooster is just barely 8 weeks old at this point and hasn't developed the bright red comb or wattles, so I think this one might be a rooster after all. It's very true that this one hadn't developed such a bright red comb until recently, but his/her voice had deepened over the last week.
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    This is the photo of the same chicken I was sold as a hen, at 10 weeks. I know it's very blurry and very small but I was going off of the dark coloration and though the comb looked a little large for 10 weeks, I wasn't especially worried. It was this pink until about a week ago, then bright red. I just thought I had a fast maturing pullet.
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    It could have been your eight week old crowing. My cockerel crowed at 5 weeks old.
     
  9. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Agreed. Sometimes cockerels can start crowing very young. I wouldn't give up on your BR until you've positively identified the crower.
     
  10. jwalker1981

    jwalker1981 Out Of The Brooder

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    Could you try and peg mine. Approx 8 weeks, thanks[​IMG]
     

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