I got a roo, didn't I? =(

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bloom_ss, May 19, 2012.

  1. bloom_ss

    bloom_ss Songster

    Jun 23, 2011
    Spokane Valley, WA
    I have been wanting a barred rock for my flock for quite a while now...so, I finally was able to get one from the feed store this spring, but I think I ended up with a roo. =( They were supposed to be sexed pullets, but this one just feathered in too light not to question it. Not to mention the sudden growth of the comb. And "she" is only 4 weeks old.



  2. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    South Carolina
    Cockerel. Cute boy!
  3. BtownChickMom

    BtownChickMom Chirping

    Mar 24, 2012
    Bardstown, KY
    From the comb, feathers and wattle, my guess would be roo. Here is a pic of mine at 4 weeks and I'm pretty sure mine is a she... I'm interested in seeing what everyone else thinks, since I'm still very new at this :)

  4. BlueCamas

    BlueCamas Songster

    Aug 25, 2011
    Milwaukie, Oregon
    Sorry, you have a cockerel [​IMG]
  5. teeville5

    teeville5 Songster

    Mar 24, 2011
    I would say cockerel.
  6. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    Yes, I took mine back at 4 weeks.

    Him- 4 weeks

    Traded for her(Luna)-- Same age 4 weeks
    Last edited: May 20, 2012
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Well, sometimes, they can fool you, though it does appear to be a cockerel.

    Sexing is not always 100% accurate, going by the down, head spot and leg color.

    My Lexie was much lighter than the normal BR pullet at 4 weeks of age. This was way before I'd raised up hundreds of BR chicks and knew all that much about the nuances of sexing when the traits were confusing.

    Lexie on the right at 4 weeks old-and she lived to 5 years old, after being the mother of many chicks. Ivy on the left was much darker, more the normal pullet coloring. Lexie had a huge head spot and her legs were not nearly as dark.


    Lexie and Ivy, older--huge difference in color!

    Last edited: May 20, 2012
  8. NJchixs

    NJchixs Songster

    Apr 26, 2012
    Jackson, NJ
    It appears to be a cockerel. Give it another week and see if it darkens some more, sorry I know how disappointing it can be.
  9. GreyhoundGrrrl

    GreyhoundGrrrl In the Brooder

    May 5, 2012
    Madrid, NM
    My Barred Rock girls (now almost 7 weeks old) were darker in color and didn't have a comb as distinguished as that at your baby's age. Actually, the still have very small combs but as I confidently announced that I got all girls yesterday my bf reminded me "Don't be so sure, you never know..." so while I'm giving mine girl names I am prepared for a surprise... just in case! It looks like you have a little boy to me. Hope that's okay! :)
  10. bloom_ss

    bloom_ss Songster

    Jun 23, 2011
    Spokane Valley, WA
    Thanks for all of your replies. I am very disappointed that my pullet is looking more like a cockerel. =( I can honestly say that I won't be going back to that feed store to buy chicks next year unless I get sexlinks because out of the 7 sexed "pullets" I got, it is looking like I have four possible cockerels. I had way better luck at the other feed store last year when I got my six EE pullets...they were at least all girls. Not to mention, that feed store offered a refund on all cockerels if you ended up with some from the pullet bin. The store I went to this year basically told me I'm just out of luck. Oh well. I guess I'll just have to try again next year to get a Barred Rock pullet. Thanks again for helping me out. =)

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