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Double barred rock pullet??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by pestenz, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. pestenz

    pestenz Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 barred rock chicks (6 weeks) - they are the ones that I kept because I thought they were cockerels (the pullets had much darker feathering).

    A bit confused about one of them, who seems to have a much smaller comb, doesn't have the rooster "stance", but has the same double barred feathers (except maybe a bit darker on the head). Legs seem smaller too.

    Is it possible it might be a pullet with that colouring?
    Or just a slow developing roo?

    They come from a reputable breeder.

    Thoughts please!

    I didn't know how to post pictures, so pictures are here:
    http://forum.backyardpoultry.com/viewtopic.php?f=23&t=8037429
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    So these photos are reflective of their development at 6 weeks, correct? That is way too much pink for a pullet - the bird in question is a cockerel.
     
  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree. That much pink in the comb says "cockerel". He is smaller; could be lack of vigor; the runt, per se. Give him a couple weeks, he should catch up. :)
     
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    It's genetically impossible for a hen to be double-barred. The chromosome that makes them female is not capable of having a second barring gene, as it is too short. You have a cockerel.
     
  5. pestenz

    pestenz Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I initially thought roo, maybe just being hopeful, but seems it's unanimous...
    Interesting about the double barred gene, didn't know that.

    Thanks everyone
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    cockerel
     

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