We were looking to add 6 more brown egg layers to our group. After alot of reading (newly into this venture as of this past spring) we decided to get barred rocks. We attended a chicken swap at our local tractor supply. We met many knowledgable and nice people that day. One booth had exclusevly barred rocks and reassured me they were all pullets. Even gave me a business card with the name of the farm and a phone number in case we ended up with a rooster he would swap them out at no charge. Joke is on me as that business card was misplaced probably 10 minutes after we left. Anyway they were all black in color when we got them. After the first week home, we saw the white comming in and obvious the beginnings of the "bars" or stripes...... Except for this one. It is all black, some silverish apperance on its underside. Black legs and beak. No comb or sign of one yet. It scratches, dust bathes and does all that the others do. If it were not for that I would swear it was a black bird. The other 5 barred rocks quickly developed their stripes or "barrs", yellowish legs and beaks, have combs and are growing at a much faster pace. I would not say double in size, but close. Especially when you hold one then the other, noticeably smaller than the rest. I do have a couple of pics, still trying to learn how to load them on this post. Any one have any idea? Thanks in advance for your responses.