Is my Plymouth Rock a rooster??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MBurt28, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. MBurt28

    MBurt28 New Egg

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    Hi - I am new to Backyard Chickens (both the forum and the chickens!!) and hope someone out there can help me. I 're-homed' some chickens a few months ago for a friend of mine who believed that the three of them were hens. The Plymouth Rock is now making very rooster-like noises and I have seen her/him get on top of one of my very small Isa-Brown hens. I have quarantined her/him today because the other hens (5 of them) seemed a bit scared. Can anyone tell me from the picture if it is indeed a rooster? I think its about 6 months old.

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  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, you indeed have a cockerel there. There are many ways to sex Barred Plymouth Rock. At this late age the easiest at a glance is saddle feathers growing out.
     
  3. MBurt28

    MBurt28 New Egg

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    Thank you for the confirmation - unfortunately he will have to be dispatched - he is upsetting the peace of the hen-house.
     
  4. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    He'll make for a good roasting bird, 325 F. The only unfortunate part of it is plucking those back feathers on cockerels. You really want the water 155 F. Dunk and swish as many times as it takes until they pull with ease. If the water isn't hot enough or you don't dunk enough it is a heck of pluck. I'm almost looking forward to culling cockerels this summer. No adult plumage at 12-14 weeks! Yay. Also tender age to be grill worthy.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Definitely a rooster, BUT not a pure Barred Rock for sure. They do not have all that silver. A cross, maybe black sex link male, but not pure BR. Doesn't matter if he's destined to be stew, though.
     
  6. Akrnaf2

    Akrnaf2 The educated Rhino Premium Member

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    It isn't a BPR it could be a mix.
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, he's a cockerel. No, he isn't pure Barred Rock.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Out to pasture
    definite cockerel
     

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