Barred Rooster or Hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jreese, Sep 14, 2014.

  1. jreese

    jreese New Egg

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    I am new to this, so some help would be most appreciated... I did some trading for 8 juvenile Barred Rocks that the owner did not know what sex they were. I cannot tell so I am posting this asking for HELP! [​IMG]
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  2. chikkenfriend

    chikkenfriend Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The one in the second pic does look like roo. Just a guess, but reminds me of ours. We have Rocks. 5 hens, 3 roos.

    The tail feathers and the neck and chest feathers differ between sexes. But not easy to tell when they're young.

    Jake at about 19 weeks
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    Combs and wattles tell some, but not until they mature a bit.

    Beethoven at about 11 weeks
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    Beethoven at about 8 weeks
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    Good luck to ya!
     
  3. jreese

    jreese New Egg

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    Thanks for the input!
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    All of the birds you pictured are cockerels.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree; all cockerels. Sorry. :eek:(
     
  6. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Yeah, you ended up with all cockerels and anyone who raises Barred Rocks would have known what they were giving you, unfortunately.
     
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  9. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, I doubt this was an honest mistake. That person knew exactly what s/he was doing, s/he knew these were all roos. Barred Rocks can be accurately sexed by color once they feather in. Basically lighter overall coloring = roo, darker = pullet. Here's a pic of three young Barred Rocks, a roo and 2 pullets, post #4: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/862568/rooster-or-hen-at-6-7-weeks Plus, just by the combs alone, anyone who has raised straight run chicks a few times would know that these were all males.

    I hope you can find some Barred Rock pullets to replace these. At least you know now that these are all males rather than finding out later after putting a bunch of time and feed into them.
     
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