how early do Barred Rock girls start getting combs?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cottagechick, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. cottagechick

    cottagechick Songster

    Jul 11, 2011
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
    I have a BR that was hatched Monday. I already see evidence of a microscopic comb today. Is that POSSIBLE? Does that mean she is a he?
  2. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Songster

    Nov 24, 2009
    That early does not necessarily mean boy or girl. Basically they are all born with tiny little combs. As the chick gets older the size will increase and at certain ages comb size can be one of the things to look at when determining the sex of the bird.
  3. aubreynoramarie

    aubreynoramarie designated lawn flamingo

    May 27, 2010
    Reno, Nevada
    My little br girl had a medium sized pinkish comb at ten weeks old [​IMG] she had a really cute floppy comb
  4. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Songster

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    Barred rocks often can be sexed at birth. A small dot on head and black fronts to it's legs often indicTed a girl.
  5. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Songster

    Jul 10, 2011
    Northern NH
    My barred rock Julliet had a large comb too. Here is a picture of her at around 1 week




    She is definitely a pullet, but had us worried for a bit [​IMG]
  6. I guess just through experience, but I find the BR to be one of the easier breeds to sex at hatch, and/or again at 5 weeks.

    At hatch the male has an irregular, larger head splotch, while the female has a smaller, circular head spot.
    Many females has black wash on the leg front, while the males oft times have less of this marking. Not 100%
    As they feather, the male has much lighter fuzz and the white barring comes in much more vivid. The over all appearance of the male is thus, lighter, while the pullet is darker in over all appearance.

    The males will sprout bright red combs and little starter wattles at 5-6 weeks, while the pullets will show no wattles and combs generally remain yellowish in color.

    Sexing a BR is never 100% accurate, but it sure is easier than many breeds.

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