Barred Rocks? Hens or Cockerels?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chickentherapy, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. chickentherapy

    chickentherapy Out Of The Brooder

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    Can anyone tell me:
    1. Whether or not these are Barred Rocks. They are about 13 weeks old and the feed store I bought them from as chicks told me that they were. They had very clear barring when they were younger. Now, as you can see, it's changing a good bit.

    2. Whether they are pullets or cockerels?

    Thank you so much for any help you can give this chicken newbie!


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  2. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Not Barred Rocks. They are 1/2 Barred Rock. They are mixed with a red or gold, and are called Black Sex Links.

    They are cockerels, of course. The female would be all black with a red/gold tint on the neck and chest.
    The feed stores mix these up all the time, because as chicks, they are similar enough to cause confusion. No confusion now.
     
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  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    When did they sprout the combs and wattles? At 6 weeks or around 11 weeks? Do you recall?
     
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  4. douglas08

    douglas08 Out Of The Brooder

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    They both look to be Cockerels. As far as breed they look like they're mixed between Barred Rocks and something else.
     
  5. chickentherapy

    chickentherapy Out Of The Brooder

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    They both sprouted combs closer to 6 weeks. Thanks for your input. I am sad if they are cockerels because I can't have roosters in the city. :( I'll will miss them. They both have great easygoing personalities.
     
  6. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Black sex link cockerels
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Thanks for the input. Cockerels sprout combs and wattles at 6 weeks, that's why I asked. Pullets wait until closer to sexual maturity. Thus, your reply certainly makes this easy to call. Cockerels. Black Sex Links.
     

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