Barred Rock?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Peep-Chicken, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    My barred cockerel. Is he a barred rock? Or some mix? I know BRs have straight combs, his is wacky. If he had straight comb, I would think BR.

    Would his comb affect breeding?
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  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Well, they're trying to be Barred Rocks, but the second cockerel is clearly a mix and the first one appears to have some serious faults for the breed. These will not affect his ability to breed, it merely a matter of your goals are in breeding chickens as to using him or not.

    What are you plans for these males?
     
  3. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I just wanted to breed then to some BR hens to sell the eggs. Wasn't really planning on creating any SOPs.

    If I did breed the first one, would they be able to be called BRs?
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  6. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    I wouldn't call them Barred Rocks if you are planning to sell hatching eggs for BR's as I personally would be annoyed to get less than desirable results if I purchased hatching eggs for a particular breed.. While I can expect utility quality in some lines, especially if advertised, if I am advertised a breed, I want that breed. Your 2nd roo is clearly a mixed breed, and your first roo clearly has some major comb flaws.

    If you want to sell hatching eggs, then sell them as barnyard mixes or barred mixes...that's what the breeders in my area do with their non-SOP birds...hybrid vigor...healthy utility stock...great for small backyard growers...excellent egg production.

    But I would not sell them as Barred Rocks.

    My 2 cents.
    Lady of McCamley
     
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  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Such good advice. It's just a matter of honesty and integrity, really. Nothing wrong with selling utility, barnyard layers. Nothing wrong with it at all. But if you're gonna sell Barred Rocks, they need to have some quality to them.

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  8. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I didn't think of selling them as barred crosses. Thanks.
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    x2 to this. Lots of folks around here would buy them in a heartbeat and not really realize they weren't Rocks, but especially if you have a fairly small area, you really really don't want to run afoul (afowl?) of the folks who are more educated cause they'll never ever do business with you again, and word of mouth is a powerful tool.
     
  10. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I wouldn't want to manipulate folks to think I had pure BRs. I wouldn't want it to happen to me, so I for sure wouldn't do it to them. Guess those two roosters are culls.
     

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