Barred rocks hatching....Cyn?? anyone?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by justusnak, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    OK, with all the talk about how great BR are...and the fact that I was able to get 3 little pullets in a swap a few weeks ago, and TOTALLY fell in love with them....I now have hatching....BR babies! So, I think I remember something about the " spot on the head" Boy or girls?? Can someone enlighten me!?
  2. ginbart

    ginbart Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    I'm sorry I can't help with that but it sure is cute. [​IMG]
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    There's a bit of glare on the pic, but it seems like a cockerel's headspot. Cant say for sure though till I see a slightly different picture. The boys have slightly lighter fuzz than the girls, usually.
  4. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    from what I have noticed on my chicks and read about the bigger the spot and lighter the legs its a boy, the smaller the spot and darker the legs a girl..... Iv'e noticed that in a few of my chicks and I think i'm right about them.... Also read it some where just can't remember where !!!!
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, that's generally true. I have been breeding BRs for a couple of years. Had hatchery ones as well. The traits, taken together, smaller more defined headspot, much darker leg fronts, blacker overall appearance, usually equal pullet. Usually! There are exceptions. And there are some that have one trait and not the other and keep you guessing awhile.

    Historical Document
    Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station


    It had long been recognized that the size of the light head
    spots in Barred Plymouth Rocks varied in the two sexes. The
    males tend to have larger headspots and the females to have
    darker colored legs. However, this method has not been sufficiently
    accurate to be of much commercial value.
    Quinn and Knox (1939) attempted to separate the sexes of
    Barred Plymouth Rocks by means of the intensity of the black
    pigment in the down and legs. In different lots of chicks they
    report 83.5, 86.1 and 91.8 percent accuracy.
    Jerome (1939) describes a method of sex identification in
    Barred Plymouth Rocks based upon the regularity of the outline
    of the head spot rather than the size of the spot. Those chicks
    having headspots irregular in outline and scattered in appearance
    are males while the females tend to have headspots with
    more regular outlines. The author claimed an accuracy of 90
    percent or better when considering only the headspot and 95
    percent if the color of the legs was included in the consideration.
    The Canadian Department of Agriculture (Anonymous 1941)
    issues an excellently illustrated bulletin describing the method.
    It is stated in the bulletin that the method “is widely practiced
    in Barred Rock chicks by commercial chick sexers.” Sex identification
    is based upon outline of head spot, color of legs and
    shade of down color. There are several types of male and female
    head spots​
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2008
  6. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    And that would be where I read it, must of see it on another post... LOL
  7. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Well I hatched my first BR's about 17 wks ago and the only way I knew who was who is when they got older and the roo's started getting lighter. The head spots was just confusing to me.....[​IMG]
  8. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Wow, Cyn, thanks! Thats good info to know...and try to apply. I jsut hope I get a roo half as sweet as your Zane. Here is another guessing cockerell on the left, pullet on the right???

  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You most likely do have a pair. Im more sure of the cockerel on the left than I am of the pullet on the right, but yep, probably a girl there. Going on headspots plus the one on the left looks a tad lighter overall.

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