Help Me Sex My Baby Barred Rock

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by HJECG, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. HJECG

    HJECG Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG][​IMG]How about this cutie? I have a sinking feeling that this is a cockerel but I really hope not because Valentine, which is what my two youngest named him/her has a great personality already.[​IMG]
     
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  2. chickenlver2013

    chickenlver2013 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pullet
     
  3. HJECG

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    Yay!! You think? What do you think suggests pullet at this point? Thanks so much for taking a look and responding.
     
  4. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, probably pullet, but Barred's can fool you. (At least I find so...some are very confident of this technique, but I find it doesn't always work).

    Typically, small head dot, black wash on front legs, dark overall coloring indicate pullet at this age.

    Roo's will have a diffuse, fuzzy head dot, no black wash on legs, and more silvery looking and get more white at wing tips...all indication of the double barring they usually have as the roo's are doubled barred while the females are single barred.

    However, I find when I have just one Barred chick it is hard to tell if it is white on black or black on white barring, and the pullets can get some fairly large combs faster, and hatchery quality can mature faster.

    However, it looks like a typical pullet....BUT...that comb is something to watch. It's already got larger "nubs" on it. If those start to really enlargen and get red within the next few weeks, and red wattles form, and the whole bird begin to take on a more silvery look...you've likely got a roo.

    Hopefully another pullet for you though.
    Lady of McCamley
     
  5. HJECG

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    Thank you so much!
     
  6. Coop Deville

    Coop Deville Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely a pullet - dark coloring is the primary indicator. Secondary indicators - tight headspot and dark wash on the legs.
     
  7. HJECG

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    Yay!! Thank you. Her name is Valentine :)
     

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