Can you get barring on a partridge colored hen?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by fosterson, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. fosterson

    fosterson Chillin' With My Peeps

    I acquired some Barred Rock mixes as rescues and was having a good look at them in the sun today.

    They're not solid black and white; three of the five have distinct gold feathers on their breasts and bellies, and one of those has light brown barred feathers on her legs. The other two are so badly molted I can't tell if they're going to be the same or not.

    Is this a normal 'off' color for Barred Rocks? I know these can't be completely pure Rocks...they've got grey, slate, and white legs. Not one has yellow.
  2. Morgan Jones

    Morgan Jones Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 7, 2013
    It is not "normal" for barred rocks, but one might expect differences such as you describe in some barred rock crosses.
  3. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Photos would help, but the things you describe are not part of the Standard for Barred Rocks. These descriptions would DQ the birds from the breed.

    They are likely barnyard crosses/mixes, as you yourself said they were.
  4. fosterson

    fosterson Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks. That's what I thought. They're all bulldogs of hens...They weigh as much as my big Sussex and they're literally half as tall. Lay nice big pale brown/pink eggs too. Wonder what they're crossed with.

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