Please sex this adolescent barred rock for me and save my marriage! - update, I have two hens - thin

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by wenlo, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. wenlo

    wenlo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2010
    I live in town and can't have roosters but wanted two more hens. I bought two "sexed pullets" from a farmer but when it was clear they had started growing saddle feathers I took them back (he said he would exchange them if they were roosters.) He didn't; he still said they were hens and sent me home and told me to come back when they were crowing. Four months later they just found out they were bigger than my four hens and asserted their dominance including crowing. The farmer honored his word and exchanged for two more birds but I think the barred rock he gave me is also a rooster. My husband is angry with me for not being more assertive at the farm when I questioned whether this was really a hen. So, before I go back again and tell the farmer who thinks this is a hen is really a rooster, I would love an expert opinion to confirm or deny what I believe. If I make another mistake my husband will be so mad at me and I am having trouble trusting this farmer. Please also tell me how you know its a rooster so I can defend why I think so.

    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012
  2. Elphaba2140

    Elphaba2140 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Illinois
  3. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    looks to me like it is a roo lots of hackle feathers ... also the color in the hen is usually darker than the roo.... good luck
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Oh yourself a rooster there.

    How old were your birds (the first batch and then this batch) when you got them from the farmer. If they were tiny chicks, then vent or feather sexing is certainly an art, not a science, so it could easily have been mistaken. Many use the white dot on the head, but it's not always clear. As the chicks feather out though, with MOST barred rocks it's pretty clear. Males are much lighter. And BRs combs show up pretty early if they're male...
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011
  5. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2011
    Philadelphia suburbs
    My understanding is that BR roos are "white with black bars," and hens are "black with white bars." That looks like a roo to me, too.

  6. greenriver

    greenriver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2010
    Wilmington, Il
    Rooster, here are two barred rocks the same age.

  7. KandiandJerry

    KandiandJerry Chillin' With My Peeps

    mm has got it right:thumbsup
  8. goldies99

    goldies99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2011
    thats a roo....look at the tail feathers!
  9. Yep a Rooster!
  10. Evelle

    Evelle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    North Idaho
    ohhhhh that a rooster
    his cone is bright red this young a pullets would still be fleshy color
    he has sharp neck feathers, sattle feathers, and long tail feathers..
    tell that farmer to keep his word and give you a hen.. hes an idiot thinking thats a hen.

    also... i wouldnt be doing busness with him again.
    and once you have straighten EVERYthing out id tell him that...
    it has been a pain in the butt to take each rooster back when i knew better.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011

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