Sexing Barred Rock Chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by arh39, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. arh39

    arh39 New Egg

    Oct 21, 2013
    Hi everyone

    I have 3 barred rock chicks, they are about 3 weeks old. I was wanting to know if anyone could help me sex them. Two are showing much more feather development than the other.
    If I post a photo would this help?

  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    pictures would help alot
  3. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    x2 we need pictures. :)
  4. Coop Deville

    Coop Deville Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2012
    We love pictures.
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    We'll need pictures.
  6. arh39

    arh39 New Egg

    Oct 21, 2013

    These are the three chicks I have. Is this picture ok?
  7. arh39

    arh39 New Egg

    Oct 21, 2013
    The first one in the picture does not have a lot of feathers yet, the other two have much more.
  8. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Two cockerels and a pullet so far. Just wait until they are 6-7 weeks old.

    Cockerels will feather in with bright white, bold bars, as males carry two barring genes.
    Pullets feather in with duller, smaller bars and appear darker as they only carry one barring gene.

    At 6-7 weeks the cockerels will sprout little red combs and wattles. Pullets don't show any red in the combs and don't sprout much of anything for wattles until closer to maturity. The red combs and wattles on the males are secondary sex characteristics that show very early. Not so with the pullets.

    They'll look different. Very different to the trained eye. Cockerels bright and pullets dark.


    The behave differently as well. The males stand taller, keeping watch. This will be their role one day and they start doing this at 4 weeks. They'll give you the "eye" as you approach. They "crowd" the pullets, herding them in a way that is noticeable once you see it. They often have thicker legs too. They will grow taller, more upright, while the pullets tend to stand down when the cockerel is around.

    At 7 weeks, the difference is often night and day.


    Last edited: Oct 22, 2013
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    I believe the bird to the right is female, the other two are male.
  10. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps


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