Is this a barred rock cockerel or pullet?

chickenlover570

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I bought this barred Rock as a pullet at TSC around Easter. This is my first time with this breed. I am thinking it is looking like a cockerel or are all barred rocks supposed to have red combs and sickle feathers?
 

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looks like a cock to me. it has too much wattle development to be a pullet. and, i see long droopy tail feathers. i don't see any saddle feathers though.
 

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Was this a hatchery bird? Feet look pink instead of yellow. Female BR's usually have a dark wash over their feet. The picture doesn't enlarge so I can't see it well. There are other barred breeds and I think this is one of them.
 

chickenlover570

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Chickensfan- Those long droopy tail feathers are what started making me thinking it was a cockerel. Not to mention the very bright red comb from about 6 weeks on. It literally just started getting those droopy tail feathers within the past week and half. I always thought hens were suppose to have paler combs and straighter shorter tail feathers. That's why I wasn't sure if maybe it was normal for this breed or this really is a cockerel. Never had Barred Rocks before. So clueless right now. I am actually kind of new to chickens in general. Only had them a year and three months. Adding different breeds to my stock little at a time.
 

chickenlover570

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I bought it at tractor supply and it was listed as "barred rock pullets". We also got a maran too, which is barred but she is more black and has a very pale comb. I will see if I can get a picture of both of them and their feets tomorrow. You can clearly tell she is a pullet, but this one that was sold as "barred rock pullet" really is throwing me off.
 

chickenlover570

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Here is a photo that has the maran infront of the barred rock I bought around the same time. Big difference in comb color.
 

chickenlover570

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That is the maran infront of the barred rock. Big difference in comb color and size. She doesn't have the droopy tail feathers either.
 

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