I think I have a TSC "oops" rooster (Barred Rock)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Rivington, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Rivington

    Rivington Chirping

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    We bought sexed barred rock chicks from TSC and they are now four weeks old. I didn't bother to find out about sexing barred rock chicks beforehand but it seems there are several tell tale signs even when they are a day old that we didn't check. These traits are even more pronounced now:
    - his (I'll stick with the masculine pronoun) comb is more pronounced than his flock mates
    - he pecks at our hands when we try to pick him up
    - the white spot on his head is more diffuse
    - he has lighter legs
    - his feathering is lighter

    All are apparently tell-tale signs of a rooster. In case of any doubt here is some photographic evidence. The top one is "Pecky" and the bottom is, I assume, a pullet. She wasn't cooperative to show off her legs but they have dark markings down the front.

    So is this beyond all doubt a roo that we have?
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  2. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    I was just trying to learn about this today. Roosters have double barring but I have no idea what that means . LOL
     
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  3. Chicken Bee

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    Yep, that is a cockerel.
     
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  4. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    Yep, top is a cockerel, bottom is a pullet.
     
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  5. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    Yep he is a boy.
    Notice how he looks more light in overall color too?
    Double barring = more white showing
     
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  6. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    Double barring means he has two copies of the barred gene, thus making him appear lighter than a pullet, who will only have one copy of the gene, does :) Only males can be double barred because barring is a sex linked gene.
     
  7. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    So if you only have one rooster how can you tell its lighter then a pullet ? Mine is about that size now with no comb but sure is a nosy thing. I got her because I had a single hatch.
     
  8. Granny Hatchet

    Granny Hatchet Tastes like chicken

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    Oh, and thank you for the info AND I seen your egg a rocking !! excited :celebrate
     
  9. feedman77

    feedman77 Crowing

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    Top is cockerel. Bottom is a pullet.

    Might not have been a tsc oops as even sexed pullets from hatchery are 90 to 95 percent guaranteed. The only 100 percent would be sexlinks.
     
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Exactly top bird is a cockerel , bottom a pullet. Even if you have only one chick, the male's bars will appear grayish rather than black.
     
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