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Sexing a 9 Week Old Barred Rock

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by twitchybug52, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. twitchybug52

    twitchybug52 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm new to chicken raising and we were given a barred rock that was an unwanted Easter gift. It's roughly 9 weeks old and I'm having trouble telling if it's a pullet or cockerel. Can anybody help me? I can take more pictures if needed.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Coloring is dark for a cockerel, but that's a lot of comb for a 9 week old. I am not positive, but I think cockerel.
     
  3. twitchybug52

    twitchybug52 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been watching videos on how to tell and I've been told the coloring is more pullet but the comb is more cockerel. Im sure time will tell for certain.Thanks!
     
  4. eleaserek

    eleaserek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely cockrel, but because of the coloring I wonder if it's actually a black sex link or a cuckoo marans instead of a barred rock.
     
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  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It's a cockerel. I'm also thinking black sex link, not pure barred Rock.
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    cockerel
     
  7. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Yep. Black sexlink cockerel.
     
  8. twitchybug52

    twitchybug52 Out Of The Brooder

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    Black sex link makes more sense. Thanks! I can't have roosters where I live so I guess he's going to have to find another home. [​IMG]
     
  9. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Hi, I agree the color in dark like a pullet but the comb seems large. What color are the front of the legs? Supposedly white wash legs are cockerel and dark legs are pullet. I have 3 barred rocks that are 10 weeks old. One has had me thinking roo because of how white she is. But none of them have combs as big as that. I would say that sometimes they just don't fit the standard and each is an individual...

    Interesting question about being another breed. Cuckoo Marans seems a lot less common than Barred Rock.

    Best wishes either way :)
     

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