Barred Rocks--do roosters grow comb and wattles larger than hens

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  1. pigcoon

    pigcoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 5 barred rocks. They are supposed to be hens. They are about 20 weeks old. The coloration on all of them looks the same.Just one of them seems to have grown the comb and wattles faster than the others and so s/he looks different and more mature. Nothing going on with the tail that would suggest rooster.j

    Do you just grow their comb and wattles at different paces, or could this be a rooster.

    I can try for a picture tomorrow if it is needed, but perhaps this is obvious to some of you.
     
  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, rooster combs do grow faster and bigger than a hens, but pictures would help.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    At this age, you'd know a rooster. It sounds like that hen is just maturing first and will be your first layer. Just like humans, chickens develop at different rates. In a few months, all your girls will probably look like that. Go ahead and post a pic, just to set your mind at ease.
     
  4. pigcoon

    pigcoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will get one tomorrow, sorry I didn't do that yet. Thanks! This didn't happen with my last flock but that was a different breed.
     
  5. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are the tail feathers curling? The hens tails do not curl or cascade but the roos do. My BR did have a very big comb and waddles but she layed eggs. She layed her first egg at 26 weeks.

    Caroline
     
  6. Peplers chicks

    Peplers chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    And at 20 weeks you are also be able to see the sickle feathers
     
  7. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    There are also size variations in the combs at maturity that are quite noticeable with single-combed breeds. Some hens get big combs that flop over, some have petite ridges. Hatchery stock is generally more variable than breeder stock. But yeah, a rooster should be obvious by now with feather differences and most would be crowing/mounting/etc.
     
  8. pigcoon

    pigcoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep staring at her(?) tail and I can't see anything different about it at all. I've been watching for it. But her head looks so much different than the others because of the full comb and wattles. Sorry I meant to take a picture today and had a family problem to solve all day instead. Try again tomorrow!!
     
  9. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Okay, take your time. :)
     
  10. pigcoon

    pigcoon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK here we go. Sorry the pics aren't great; they won't HOLD STILL!!!

    THe first, second and fourth photos are of the hen that's comb and wattles are larger than the rest. The third photo is one of the other hens and it is how 4 out of my 5 look right now. Any further thoughts??
     

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