New chicken owner

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by hannahchick, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. hannahchick

    hannahchick New Egg

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    Hi, I'm a first time chicken owner. Recently I have bought 8 baby chicks:
    1 Barred Rock
    2 Ameraucana (Easter Eggers)
    1 Silkie
    1 Golden Lace Wyandotte
    1 Light Brahma
    1 Buff Orpington
    1 Black Australorpe
    They are now three weeks old and doing great but I think my Barred Rock is a roo. I have read that if they have light colored legs and a white spot on top of their heads then that usually means they are male but I was wondering if there was other ways to tell. I hope it's a hen because it's the sweetest and most docile.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - hopefully your barred rock is a pullet.
     
  3. DesertChickens1

    DesertChickens1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome to BYC! sounds like you have quite a colorful array of chicks! If you take some pictures of the barred rock and posted them in the 'What breed or gender is this?' https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/15/what-breed-or-gender-is-this Category I'm sure you'll find someone who can help you out! Good luck in your chicken adventures!
     
  4. CarnyCat

    CarnyCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome[​IMG]
     
  5. hannahchick

    hannahchick New Egg

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    Okay, Thank you![​IMG]
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    I hope your Barred Rock is a pullet! As "she" gets older, we should be able to tell for sure if you post some photos.

    To clarify things, though, all Barred Rocks (pullets and cockerels) have white spots on their heads. Males usually have larger, more ragged spots, while females have rounder, small spots. That is not a 100% reliable method of sexing them, however.
     
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  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    Good luck with your chicks! I hope your Barred Rock turns out to be a hen. [​IMG]
     
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    BantamLover X2 The white spot on the head of a Barred Rock has nothing to do with gender. As they grow up a bit, you can later post pics in our What Breed and Gender section for more help with the sex of the bird.

    Enjoy your lovely flock and welcome to ours!
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Barred Rock females have blacker stripes, males generally have more washed out, grayish stripes.
     

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