The three week old chick in the pictures below is a real shocker. Sire is my big Blue Orpington, Suede. Mother is my big flaming red Meg, a RIR/Buff Orp cross. Both came from the same source, who has had no barred birds, to my knowledge. This is barring, right? Just have to confirm what I'm seeing.( Julie? Love your input here!) SO, how did I get a barred chick from that cross? And before you say it, no Barred Rock rooster jumped into the Blue Orp pen with Meg. There would have been major bloodshed with Suede in charge. Meg had been living with Suede and his blue Orp ladies for several months. It's not even possible that an illicit mating took place. Love to hear your take on this one, experts. It was the only brown egg amongst the blue eggs under my broody hen and is the only one with a single comb, so I know for certain the chick is Meg's. It even has a spot on its head like a BR, but my pens are separate and no Barred Rock had gotten out.