Barred Rock Roosters or Hens?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by autumngs, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. autumngs

    autumngs New Egg

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    Got 6 chicks 2 weeks ago from TSC, but am wondering about these two... roos or hens?[​IMG]
     
  2. romien

    romien Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have this same breed and they looked like this a couple of weeks ago. I am going to say that both are roos. Now I only say that because I noticed that the bumps or points on my roos combs were more than the bumps on the hens. I can now tell them apart and my assumption was correct. It could have been coincidence too. Just sayin'[​IMG]
     
  3. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd keep an eye on comb/wattle growth. As of now, I see a little bit of pink/red which is a sign of rooster, but Barred Rocks can be difficult to sex. Because their legs have that black tint to them, that is a trait of pullets (males have solid yellow legs), and the feathering isn't screaming roo yet either. My guess wouldbe pullets, but it's really too soon to know for sure.
     
  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    The chick on the left is a cockerel. Only males can have that much white. The other needs to feather in a bit more. Can't tell at this point if it's got male barring or female barring.
     
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  5. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    I did second guess myself after saying both pullets, but the leg coloring and comb is what tricked me :/
     
  6. autumngs

    autumngs New Egg

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    Thanks for the replies! These two definitely have more white than the other chicks, and the pink tint in the combs had me thinking roos.
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Leg coloring isn't 100% accurate. There are several melanizer genes that can cause cockerels to have darker-than-average legs. And those chicks can't be more than 3 weeks old, so it's still a bit early for red combs. The 'light' barring, however, never lies. It's a genetic impossibility for a pullet to have that much white.
     
  8. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    that's an interesting thing I've never heard before. I guess that helps to know when sexing Barred Rocks. I change myguesses to the left being a cockerel, unsure of the one on the right yet... seems dark in coloring, but like you said, doesn't seem to be feathered in enough to tell if it'll have male or female barring.
     
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