Help me sex my barred rock chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tadpolelvr89, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Tadpolelvr89

    Tadpolelvr89 New Egg

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    Hello everyone. I just got my barred rock chicks last week, so they're about a week old now. They are supposed to be all pullers, but I think one might be cockerel based on head spot and leg coloring. Would y'all's input. No pressure. If only one is a roo he'll be staying and protecting the ladies.

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  2. trunkman

    trunkman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 26, 2009
    Rock Hill SC
    You probably won't be able to tell at that age but in a couple of weeks you will start to see signs in the cockerels, their combs are growing faster and a bit pinker than the pullets. Also if you look just above the inner ankle towards a bit towards the back of the leg you might see a little dot on the cockerels leg and nothing on the pullets leg. That's the way I can tell. hope this helps. [​IMG]
     
  3. CMP1999

    CMP1999 Out Of The Brooder

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    can you spred the wings if there is one row they are cocreals and if there are two rows they are pullets you can look up how to wing sex chicks on youtube




    The yellow one looks to be a pullet
     
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  4. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Wait until they are 6 weeks old. Barred Rocks are quite easy to sex at that age. They'll have feathered in and males and females feather in quite differently. The males inherit two barring genes while the females only one barring gene. This gives the pullets a darker over all look, while the cockerels will appear to have brighter white bars, giving them more of an overall lighter appearance.

    Here's a purebred, bred to the Standard pair and below is a hatchery grade pair. In both cases, the difference is obvious.


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    At 6 weeks, the cockerels also sprout little red combs and wattles, while the pullets show nothing and look dull and yellowish.
     
  5. CMP1999

    CMP1999 Out Of The Brooder

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    but if they are mixed you might not be able to tell by the first way but the second is worth a shot
     

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