Barred Rocks

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by skeeter9, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does anyone have a picture of a BR cockerel at about 10-11 weeks? I have what I think is one from a school hatching project and I want to try to make a positive ID. There are a couple of options that he could be (knowing the breeds the hatchery carries), but I'm leaning toward BR. If I can't make a positive ID, I'll post pics and let everyone else vote!!!
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Try www.feathersite.com

    There's a great breed listing there with tons of pics of different breeds.

    Barred Rocks are similar in appearance to Dominques and other breeds too...

    Comb is one distinguishing feature - in Barred Rocks it's a single comb (the classic stand up straight comb). In Domiques the comb is a rose comb - more of a lump of red fleshy area close to the scalp.

    Anyway, if all else fails post a pic and I'm sure you'll get a pos ID in no time.
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Here are two different ones, first an 11 week old boy then my 10 week old boy, different parentage. Barred Rocks, single combed, yellow legs.

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  4. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    Here's another one for ya,
    I think he's about 3 months old

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    Speckledhen, that first pic is one hefty boy!
     
  5. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    So, Cyn,

    Is that a BR girl in the foreground of that 2nd pic at 10wks? Is there THAT much difference in the comb that early, or is another age/type of barred chicken?

    Just wondering as I look at my brooder full of 3 wk old BRs and contemplate how many I have that I can keep and how many have to find a new home...
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yes, that is his sister of the same age.
     
  7. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Um, well, now I'm wondering if the one I have is a pullet! He/she is huge compared to the White Leghorn pullet she came with - both hatched on the same day. He/she also doesn't have anywhere near the amount of wattle that your boys have. I assumed he/she was a cockerel due to size, leg circumference, early red comb, and curly tail, but maybe I'm wrong. Can't tell by behavior yet. Guess I will have to try to get a pic and post it. . . . At least I know it's definitely a BR!!!!
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Don't know if it will help any, but that second boy at four weeks then at six weeks was already looking very roosterish, as you can see in this pic. The BRs are almost always known by four weeks old, if not by two weeks even. In that first pic, look at the pullet in the background-see how much darker she is than him?
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  9. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    skeeter,

    Here's some more pics of mine at younger ages too,
    pullet, 4 weeks
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    roo, 4 weeks
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    Also, roosters are lighter colored than the pullets
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2008
  10. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Also, roosters are lighter colored than the pullets

    99% of the time, that's true, but there are some exceptions to that rule, my Lexie being one of them. Still, check the legs-is there a dark wash of color down the front of the legs? Pullets have darker legs than cockerels, in general.​
     

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