barred rock rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bumble bee, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. bumble bee

    bumble bee Hatching

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    This is firecracker and he is 4 1/2 months old. Is he a rooster? I've never heard him crow and he doesn't have spurs just little buttons. Any help is appreciated! [​IMG]
     
  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Crowing Premium Member

    100% cockerel.


    Have kept, raised and bred Rocks for nearly 55 years. Don't need to guess anymore than I'd guess about a young whitetail deer with buttons on his head would be a button buck, not a doe.

    There is a physiological difference between the males and females. They are different, not only because of their sex, but the secondary characteristics that distinguish them as surely as bucks have antlers and does do not.

    The males carry two genes for barring. Thus, the male presents with barring far different than the female. The body types are also different. The male is designed to stand tall, to be watchful over his flock and since he doesn't lay eggs but rather mounts the females, his legs are taller, thicker and his body is shaped differently. His comb matures at 7 weeks and shows red, as well as sprouting red wattles. The females, the pullets, do not display these secondary sex characteristics until nearer the onset of laying. The females barring, with one gene, gives the bird a darker, blacker appearance. The female is lower to ground in body stance as she needs to be mounted for fertility and lower to the ground to lay eggs.

    The tails are different, the head shape is also different and finally, the feathering itself is altogether different.

    That is an extremely handsome young cockerel you have there. Congratulations.


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  3. bumble bee

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    I really felt that he was a rooster but I am totally new to the chicken world so I was unsure. Thank you for confirming it for me and for all the other info too. You are very knowledgeable! I'm thinking of entering him in the county fair this fall because I think he is so beautiful! Thanks again!
     

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