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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Countrypunk92, Apr 16, 2011.
Can anyone tell me where I can find a heritage barred rock breeder in tennessee? Close to Jackson or Memphis? That will be worth the money and drive (aka money) ??
#1: looks like a cockerel; but may be pullet
#2 : pullet
Thanks... it looks like our other cockerel will have some competition. We are in a rural area, so we can keep them, just nice to know. Thank you again.
I just purchased a barred rock finally! When I went to the lady she had one that was very light colored and a small pink comb. She even had blue eyes! I didn't get this one because I was worried the light gray color on it was a sign that maybe it was a boy? Was I correct?
I am going to quote Fred's Hens from a few pages back for his explanation on using the barring to determine sex.
"There is a physiological difference between the males and females. They are different, not only because of their sex, but the secondary characteristics that distinguish them as surely as bucks have antlers and does do not.
The males carry two genes for barring. Thus, the male presents with barring far different than the female. The body types are also different. The male is designed to stand tall, to be watchful over his flock and since he doesn't lay eggs but rather mounts the females, his legs are taller, thicker and his body is shaped differently. His comb matures at 7 weeks and shows red, as well as sprouting red wattles. The females, the pullets, do not display these secondary sex characteristics until nearer the onset of laying. The females barring, with one gene, gives the bird a darker, blacker appearance. The female is lower to ground in body stance as she needs to be mounted for fertility and lower to the ground to lay eggs.
The tails are different, the head shape is also different and finally, the feathering itself is altogether different."