Need Help Sexing Barred Rocks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by emscheid, May 18, 2016.

  1. emscheid

    emscheid Out Of The Brooder

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    Our barred rocks are 5 1/2 weeks old and I am still wondering what gender they are (purchased as straight run).


    We have 1 that is mostly black with only a little white, has the dark wash down the front of legs, and smaller comb that's only a hint of pink yet- is this "definitely" a hen?

    And then we have 3 that look like the one pictured- their feathers look lighter , and are all getting red combs.

    BUT, some have black wash down the front of legs and some don't. This one pictured also had a small distinct white dot on its head when it was a chick. Would you still guess male? or could it still go either way? (would you pay more attention to the color of feathers and combs or is the leg wash/head dot still a
    factor?)



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    Last edited: May 18, 2016
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    The bird pictured is a cockerel -- it would be best to show each of the birds in a photo vs. describing what they look like or that they look like the one shown as there is no way to say with certainty what gender a bird is without seeing it.
     
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    As to the leg wash - that is entirely unreliable, especially in lines which are not bred with that as a characteristic of focus.
     
  4. emscheid

    emscheid Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry for posting only one picture, but the three look so much alike I can't even tell them apart (other than leg wash), so I didn't think it was necessary. But I will add more pictures later if I can.

    Also (wasn't sure if you saw what I added later), is the distinct head dot at hatch not very reliable either? I was really hoping for a hen since it had both the distinct dot and the darker legs. Oh well. [​IMG]
     

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