Breed and sex these please?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ecjones73, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. ecjones73

    ecjones73 Just Hatched

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    Hello! I've posted my chickies here yesterday to try and sex them, and I've been told they are actually not even barred Plymouth rocks! I'm new to owning chickens, so everything is foreign to me. I want to know what these guys are breed wise and gender wise. I've been told they are all cockerels. I'm just looking for more opinions so I've taken up to date pictures. Here they are at 6 weeks (i think they're kinda big for 6 weeks but they hatched on June 13th!)[​IMG]
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I'[m not certain what they are, but I agree that they are not barred rocks. Also, sadly, all three are cockerels.
     
  3. ecjones73

    ecjones73 Just Hatched

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    Just curious, how do you determine that?
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It would be highly unusual for pullets to have that much comb development at 8/9 weeks. The next indicator will be the development of pointed hackle (neck) and saddle (back) feathers.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    There is also the fact that even though they all have 'dark', pullet barring, all are clearly male. A 'pure' Barred Rock male would be much lighter, with wider white bars, and narrow black bars.
     
  6. ecjones73

    ecjones73 Just Hatched

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    Well I guess I will wait to see for certain if they are truly cockerels. Thank you for your responses!
     
  7. GOLDENSEABRIGHT

    GOLDENSEABRIGHT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is possible that they are a mix between dominiques and barred rocks because I had this mix and the rooster turned out similar to these, just not as dark.
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    That would produce a bird that is still 'pure' for the barring gene. Males would be 'light', females would be 'dark'.
     
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Wouldn't a rooster from that mating have had a rose comb?
     
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    GOLDENSEABRIGHT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But the barring gene varies from species, it is true that the males tend to be white, but we don't know how exactly the genes pair up between two species.
     

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