Rooster or hen? (Barred Rock)

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 5crazies, May 5, 2017.

  1. 5crazies

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    We added 4 chicks to out flock 2 months ago. They are about 12 weeks old now. We got them from a local farm and they said they were pretty sure they were all pullets. I've been noticing that the tail of one of the barred rocks sticks straight up and the other doesn't. The comb is also slightly bigger. What do you think?[​IMG][/IMG]
     
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  3. 12animals3

    12animals3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe some closer pictures, like of the head?
    So far it sort of looks like a rooster,
    but I would wait for a little until you're sure.
    Along with physical characteristic, watch how the chicken behaves.
    If he or she starts crowing, mounting other chickens, or
    getting aggressive, you've most likely got a rooster.
     
  4. 5crazies

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    It is really hard to get pictures of them! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  7. Kwimmer78

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    With the tail and the comb being bigger, you probably have a rooster, at about 3 1/2 months it will crow. Those are very good signs it is a rooster
     
  8. 5crazies

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    Thank you! I guess we'll have a better idea in a few weeks.
    Here is one more picture of the comb. It is not noticeably larger than the other barred rock but seems bigger when you look close. I also noticed that the other 3 stick together while this one wanders off alone. Not sure if that means anything.
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  9. Kwimmer78

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    Well chickens have a good sense of gender because of their ability to see on the uv spectrum, but a rooster will normally try and stay close to hens in order to declare dominance. Comb is definitely starting to get big, compare to the other chickens for a better view on how big it is
     
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