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BeezerC

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Ok I have this little beauty. First thought it was a roo. Then posted pics in another place and the as told pullet. Today was told again that it’s a roo. 7 weeks old. Roo was a RIR, hen was Barred Rock which someone told me today means its a sex link and that if it was solid black it would be a pullet and because of its barred colouring its a roo? Is this correct?
 

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Ok I have this little beauty. First thought it was a roo. Then posted pics in another place and the as told pullet. Today was told again that it’s a roo. 7 weeks old. Roo was a RIR, hen was Barred Rock which someone told me today means its a sex link and that if it was solid black it would be a pullet and because of its barred colouring its a roo? Is this correct?
Oh, very much a boy. Yes, sexlinked. If the mom was barred, there is absolutely ZERO doubt.
 

BeezerC

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Why do people keep telling me he’s a she then? They say he’s the same colour as a pullet and he also has the black wash down his legs. I’m new to chicks and breeds so I appreciate the help lol.
 

Mamatomany123

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Why do people keep telling me he’s a she then? They say he’s the same colour as a pullet and he also has the black wash down his legs. I’m new to chicks and breeds so I appreciate the help lol.
If he was a full barred rock then yes, he is the same color as a pullet but the comb would still indicate male. Since hes a sex linked and barred hes a cockerel. The red chick behind him is also a cockerel.
 

CalBickieMomma

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Check his/her legs against the others‘ legs. If feet and legs are noticeably bigger, then probably a boy chicken. That comb definitely looks boy, but I’ve had pullets develop their combs and wattles early in the past.
 

BeezerC

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If he was a full barred rock then yes, he is the same color as a pullet but the comb would still indicate male. Since hes a sex linked and barred hes a cockerel. The red chick behind him is also a cockerel.
Yes I know the red one is a cockerel. I ended up with 6 of my first 10 chicks being cockerels. I have a questionable Columbian Rock mix as well.
 

NatJ

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Why do people keep telling me he’s a she then? They say he’s the same colour as a pullet and he also has the black wash down his legs.

With Barred Rocks, the males and females look a bit different from each other--the pullets are darker colored and the males are lighter. So they are autosexing: a pure breed of chicken that can be sexed by color/pattern from a very young age.

When you cross a Barred Rock hen with a rooster to get sexlinks, like you did, the sons (cockerels) have the darker color that is normally found in Barred Rock pullets. So some people get confused.

It's the result of the barring gene, on the sex chromosomes.
--A Barred Rock male has two copies of the gene, thus more white bars, thus lighter color.
--A Barred Rock female, and also her son the sexlink cockerel, has one copy of the gene, thus less white bars/more black, thus darker color.
--A Black Sexlink female has no copies of the barring gene, thus no white bars, thus solid not-barred (i.e. black.)

(Compared to mammals, chickens have backwards sex chromosomes: male has ZZ, female has ZW. All the interesting genes are on the Z chromosome. A male passes it to his sons and his daughters. A female passes Z to her sons, W to her daughters.)
 

BeezerC

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Thank you for explaining all of that!! So I have 2 black chicks from that same hatch. They both have some gold/brown/red around their necks. Not showing signs of red combs. Would these be females?
 

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