1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Gender of Barred Rocks - Not following the 'rules'

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Bens-Hens, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi all,

    I am normally confident looking at other people birds, but hesitant on my own!

    We purchased two BR chicks to adopt to a broody RIR. I researched the gender sexing of day olds and did my best to choose from the breeders brood two females.

    I looked for the tight white dot, but they all looked kind of big and blurry,
    I looked for the darkest black stripe, but one seemed to fade after a week or two,
    I chose the darkest down colour that was there.

    Joined those together, spoke with the breeder and she said 'none of those really work with my line, it's hit and miss". Great.

    So, here they are as day old (disregard teh Blue Australorp in the background)

    At about 5 weeks


    and the two more recent shots at 8 weeks. Disregard the SIlver Pencilled Wyandotte in the back ground, only just noticed she was there and probably confuses things.

    No1 on the left, No 2 on the right
    No 1 on the right and No 2 on the left

    I am not sure if at 8 weeks a male should have a bigger comb, but one does look more red than the other. Some internet searches show males with quite big red combs and wattles by that stage, yet, I am not confident we have two pullets.

    Please, chip in any thoughts.
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Those both look like pullets to me.
  3. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 8, 2008
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    X4, you seem to have both pullets.
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    They do look like pullets - strong and almost masculine in type, but pullets nevertheless.
  7. Bens-Hens

    Bens-Hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wahoo! We have had so many cockerels is would be great to have some we can keep!

    Thanks again team!
  8. Peep-Chicken

    Peep-Chicken Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 10, 2013
    My Coop
    Seems like both are pullets :).

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by