sexing bantam rocks?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by amazondoc, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    Hey guys --

    I "accidentally" bought 4 young bantam barred rocks yesterday. I was at this guy's place to buy 3 bantam Columbian rocks, and he said if I bought all the barred rocks in addition he'd throw em in for $5. So I did. [​IMG]

    Now, these barred rocks are supposed to be pullets. But I wouldn't be surprised if they're all cockerels. Unfortunately, I have NO experience with sexing barred or cuckoo birds. I know the theory -- two copies of the barring gene for males, one for females -- but I don't know how that translates into visually distinguishing between them as youngsters (around 4-6 weeks).

    Can anybody give me handy pointers? I'll try to get pics in the next few days, but I'm way too tired right now!
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    The really light ones, the ones with wider white bars are the males most of the time. By that age, the males normally have pinky combs.
     
  3. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    I think I'm gonna have to post pics. Right now their combs look awfully androgenous to me -- like the character of undetermined sex called "Pat" that used to appear on Saturday Night Live. [​IMG]

    I'll get pics. Stay Tuned. Thanks!
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I have only had the standard BRs, but the sexing should be the same. Anyway, I'd love to see pics of the little whippersnappers.
     
  5. embkm

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    I got one banty barred rock at TSC as a day old. As if got bigger, it is much lighter colored than my standard pullets, more like the cockerals. I was convinced it was a male, but at last week I checked all the chicks closely and noticed that it doesn't have the pointy feathers that the other males have. Now I am not so sure and am thinking it's a female, I figured I'd just keep it for a bit longer to see if it lays or crows.
     
  6. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Crowing

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    Quote:Glad I'm not the only one with accidental chickenage...
     
  7. From their faces... it looked to me like you had one or two boys in there and the rest girls, but what the heck do I know!

    I'm glad you decided NOT to blame me for your new chickens [​IMG]

    thanks for the help with the transport!
     
  8. amazondoc

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    That's right, I forgot -- it's all Dawn's fault! [​IMG]
     
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    Darlin, those rocks have NO tails...and fairly large COMBS... I've got three week olds with much bigger tails and they are...wait for it... girls.

    That's very very showy boy barring if I were to make a guess. And they stand really upright. I'd expect a much wider darker bar on a girl.

    I'm sure they were pullets until DAWN BREATHED on them.... Chuckle...
     

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