Is my Barred Rock a hen or roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Utopianite, Aug 24, 2016.

  1. Utopianite

    Utopianite Just Hatched

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    I bought it from Rural King as a pullet, and I know the colors say rooster, but please tell me there's still hope. I can't keep roosters where we are, and I've raised him by hand since we got it 17 weeks ago. We have five others (Amerucanas and an Austrolorp) that are clearly girls... But I've really been holding out hope that this one was too. :-(
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  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I'd say cockerel, sorry.

    Just noticed that this is your first post - [​IMG]

    CT
     
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  3. Utopianite

    Utopianite Just Hatched

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    Thanks! :) He doesn't have any Spurs though. Do Barred Rocks not get those?
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    I honestly couldn't say - I'm sure other members will chime in to help you out on that one.

    Cheers
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  5. Cel45

    Cel45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Color is light, but the body shape and over all appearance say pullet to me.
     
  6. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    I would have to agree with @CTKen... The tail feathers are a pretty good indicator that it is indeed a cockerel, sorry to say. He also has a very well developed comb and waddles for 17 weeks, and the barring on his feathers is consistent with the male BR having twice as much white, causing the wider more prominent white stripes... All roo there, pretty sure :(
     
  7. TWK777

    TWK777 Out Of The Brooder

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    It takes a longer time for almost any breed to develop spurs. It wouldn't be a helpful indicator at this age. On my birds, I rarely see even the slightest of spurs until 7 or 8 months in and by then, I already know if its a hen or a roo.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    cockerel
     

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