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Is one of these barred a male?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by woodnt, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. woodnt

    woodnt Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    Just got a couple of barred rocks since a city ordinance started allowing backyard hens but no roosters.

    I told the seller we only can have hens (and the seller is 3 hours away).

    Now I'm learning about the breed and am afraid she might have given me a male.

    Can I please get some help? One of these seems like it is light enough to be a male.

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    Help is greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,
    Nathan
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    I can't tell, can you get better pictures?
     
  3. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    The chick with the wider bars of white, and the pink comb is male.
     
  4. woodnt

    woodnt Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok. I'll attempt it tomorrow when they are out.

    Thanks for the prompt reply. One is so much lighter I feared the lighter was male for sure.
     
  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Overrun With Chickens

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    They are an easy breed to sex by color usually. Males inherit two copies of the barring gene, one from their mother, and one from their father. Females can only inherit the barring gene from their fathers, but not their mothers. This results in the males having twice the amount of barring as the females, making them look much lighter.
     
  6. woodnt

    woodnt Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I was afraid of. Now I'm stuck.
     
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    I agree. Sorry. :eek:(
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed
     
  9. CaseyV

    CaseyV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree also.

    Maybe you could list him on craigslist for a reasonable amount or free?
     
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  10. woodnt

    woodnt Out Of The Brooder

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    I called the seller today, who has been doing this for 30 years and is one of Ideal poultry's best customers getting priority availability, said that there was no way I got any roosters and that I got bad information.

    I'm posting what i hope are better pictures. I read today there are Australian varieties that can look light and still be females. Thoughts?

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    Any further thoughts of agreement or disagreement welcome.

    Kindly,
    Nathan
     
    Last edited: Sep 30, 2015

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