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is my barred rock is hen or roo?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lots-ofchickens, Jul 16, 2019.

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  1. lots-ofchickens

    lots-ofchickens In the Brooder

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    my barred rock chicken (supposed to be a hen) has been taking on some qualities of a rooster. I can’t tell if it is becoming an adult or is a roo. It crows but not like my other rooster at all. When I looked up hens crows, it sounded similar. But I can’t tell if it’s just trying to crow because it is becoming an adult. It also mated with another hen. I believe that is not uncommon but I’m not sure. Besides that, it’s very friendly and will eat from your hands and sits at the backdoor waiting for blueberries! E3D2408A-A7F7-4DAA-8CAE-BDDB37103A97.jpeg DB42696C-33AB-4F3A-AE81-D74548CDA48A.jpeg
     
  2. BullChick

    BullChick Enslaved by a Duckling

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    The tail is rooster.
     
  3. lots-ofchickens

    lots-ofchickens In the Brooder

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    I read somewhere that at the end of their tail feathers are pointed if a boy and curved if a girl. It’s curved but is shaped like a roo. There is also no waterfall feathers? This is my first time with chickens so I do not know much
     
  4. cstephens1987

    cstephens1987 Songster

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    How old is this bird? I would suspect cockerel as it's very light in color.
     
  5. lots-ofchickens

    lots-ofchickens In the Brooder

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    I think it’s about 20 or so weeks. It didn’t have an exact age when we got it. Thanks!
     
  6. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    That's a cockerel. Barred rock cockerels have two copies of the barring gene, making them lighter then their female counterparts, who only have one copy. Note the difference in barring in the below pic.
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  7. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Conserve Heritage Breed Livestock

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    That's a cockerel. As @Frazzemrat1 stated, barred birds are very different patterns.
     

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