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BR roo or hen?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by quiverfull, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. quiverfull

    quiverfull New Egg

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    We are new to the site...and since we are newbies to chickens as well, we're hoping for some wisdom from site members. We had 27 BR chicks, 25 pullets and 2 cockerels. They are now 20 weeks. About a month ago we had the misfortune to lose the alpha roo (who was definitely a roo) to a wandering dog. The other roo seemed to have disappeared...he didn't develop at the same rate as the other one, and looked like all the hens. However, recently, he seems to have developed more, but we are still in doubt as he isn't as light as the one we lost, nor as statuesque and proud. Could anyone help us? Here is a pic of him (he's in the foreground). Any help is appreciated! :)

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  2. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I think you have a "she".
     
  3. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks like a pullet to me. The body shape and coloring both look female. At this age, there would be noticible hackle and saddle feathers coming in. She's looking like she's really close to laying if she hasn't started yet. :)
     
  4. quiverfull

    quiverfull New Egg

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    Oh, that is disappointing. :( We had hoped that "she" was just a late bloomer because the other roo developed so quickly.
     
  5. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Sorry about that. But there is one good thing, Barred rock roos are very mean so your safe for now. [​IMG]
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Maybe YOUR barred rock roo was mean, mine's just fine. Please be careful posting sweeping statements about a breed like that, lots of new folks here take everything on this site as gospel!
     
  7. shmccarthy

    shmccarthy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BRx roo is a sweetie. Granted he's kind of a big baby, he's terrified of humans and hides when they get close. He's a very gentlemanly rooster to his girls though, far better than my previous roo who was an Easter egger. :)
     

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