help!! something really strange is going on

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by guyg, Dec 8, 2016.

  1. guyg

    guyg Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2016
    6 months ago i hatched 2 barred rocks... Which i was certain to be a male and female was pretty clear to me.....not anymore... The one i thought to be cock is appearing to think he is a she... He will oftenlly go to sit where all my hens are laying eggs and will sit there for a while... Problem is im never around for the moment he get up to see if theres an egg...(there are eggs but no way to know who laid it)
    Now ill post fotos of the pair so u guys can help me and tell me of im wrong about him or her


    For me the first foto is the male (who acts like a hen)
    2Nd foto is the female
  2. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Is there a way you can keep him/her separate from the others? Then when he/she gets up from sitting you'll know. However judging from 'his' appearance in the photo I would say 'he' is a she.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2016
  3. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    I agree, looks like a girl to me too.
  4. Grub Digger

    Grub Digger Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2016
    Middle TN
    At 6 months, you have 2 pretty ladies [​IMG]
  5. islandgirl82

    islandgirl82 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 4, 2014
    Those are both pullets. Plymouth Barred Rock females are darker than the males and at 6 months the males have visible long, thin, pointy feathers around their necks, called hackle feathers. Those same types of feathers will grow in from between their wings and drape over their sides. Those are called saddle feathers. The sickle feathers (those long tail feathers) tend to take a little longer to grow in but there should still be a noticeable difference at that age.

    Some cockerels and roosters will sit in the nests. They're "helping" by showing the girls where the good nesting spots are. Others may stand guard around the nests or even just outside the coop while "shouting words of encouragement" when the girls lay their eggs.
  6. Cel45

    Cel45 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2015
    Houston, Tx
    Both pullets, no male feathering on either.
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  8. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Yes, those are both pullets! Congrats. [​IMG]
  9. guyg

    guyg Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2016
    Thanks all
    The reason i thought its a cock is for the much more ligher colors he is much whiter from the other one...

    I was about to give him away for i can keep her .. Hope she wont turn out to be a roo after all haha
    Guess ill know in a bit
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Those are both females.

    Yes, the first one is a bit lighter overall than the second, but that's just normal variation with hatchery type stock. A pure male barred bird is much lighter overall, and by this point you'd see definite male characteristics. From the comb on that lady, I'm thinking she's laying eggs already.

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