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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by UrbanFarmerKim, May 3, 2016.

  1. UrbanFarmerKim

    UrbanFarmerKim New Egg

    Mar 26, 2016
    Wondering if my Mabel is actually Morty. :/ 6.5 week old Barred Rock from the Country Store at 1 week old.
  2. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    I could be wrong I'm no expert, only going off my 7 female Barred Rocks. In the picture the bird looks dark but it could be the lighting, darker feathers indicates female but the comb and color looks male. Another male indicator is clean legs without staining.if it's their its A female indicator a darkish stain down the front of their legs feet and toes. In this picture I can not see staining. So I'm going to guess male. Just going by a comparison to my females. But like I said, I'm not a expert so get more opinions and see what others have to say. :) beautiful bird by the way! I just love♡♡ barred rocks!
    Last edited: May 3, 2016
  3. redguinea

    redguinea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 25, 2015
    Land down under
    Defiantly rooster, that comb!
  4. argonne

    argonne Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2016
    That's a roo! That red comb and waddles, plus the lighter barring all point to roo. I have 7 week old BR pullets and they are darker and don't have that developed red comb.
  5. UrbanFarmerKim

    UrbanFarmerKim New Egg

    Mar 26, 2016
    Well, you all were correct. Mabel turned out to be Morty (actually, Maynard). He stayed with me until he started crowing (beautiful song!!!) and then was rehomed with a friend who has a flock of 14 hens and one old rooster. I am in the city limits and am not allowed to have roos. He is doing great and enjoying the good life.

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