Gender question?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Oceanseve, May 23, 2008.

  1. Oceanseve

    Oceanseve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the earliest I might be able to tell my Barred Rock chics apart and when should I definately know by? I can't have a rooster, I really have to get rid of a potential cock *before* the crowing starts. Any good markers with BRs?
     
  2. HillCountryMomma

    HillCountryMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Generally the roos will look lighter colored than the pullets because their white stripes are wider. Course, that only helps when you have a few to compare to each other, and even then it's just a guess. I have a couple BRs that are supposed to be roosters that are just as dark as some I bought as pullets. So, either they're pullets too or dark roosters. Confused yet? I sure am!! [​IMG]

    I have a young RIR rooster that's a couple months old and he's not crowing yet, not even trying. By 8 weeks or so I'd think you'd be able to tell the roosters from the pullets. They have bigger combs and wattles and more pronounces spur buds.

    HTHs,
    Liz
     

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