I think this Barred Rock chick is a cockrel,any opinions?

Mulegirl

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Was supposed to be in the "pullet" pen at Rural King,but we all know how that goes. I'm thinking it's a cockrel,which makes me a little sad...this one's my buddy!
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sylviethecochin

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Why does the headspot matter?

Also what makes mule girl think it’s a rooster?
Barring is a sexlinked trait. Pure barred males carry two copies on two male chromosomes (WW), but females can only carry one copy because they only carry one male chromosome (WZ).

Male headspots are messier and less defined because the chick has two copies of the barring gene that causes the headspot. The female chick only has once copy and so the headspot is more small and defined.

Hope that helps!

EDT: Also, feet tend to be darker on female BR chicks. I think this has something to do with the barring gene, but I'm not certain.
 

BlackIce

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The one above is a Hen

The chick you origionally posted is most likely a cockerel. he seems to have lighter feet, the spot says he is a cockerel, and The tips of the wings are white so my guess is cockerel.
 

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