Should BR bantam roos have red in their combs at 5 weeks?PICS ADDED

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by lceh, May 18, 2009.

  1. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 bantam barred rocks. They were super-slow to feather out, which I guess is typical of the bantams. Of the 3, one of them definitely has wider white bars than the others, and slower-feathering tail feathers which leads me to believe it may be a roo. However, he/she(?) has the smallest comb, and none of the 3 have even a trace of pink in their combs. Is the feather barring definitive? When will I see some red in that comb if it's a roo? I'm eager to downsize, but I don't want to give away a girl in my haste....
     
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  2. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd give it at least another week. Some get red before 6 weeks but certainly not all. They should all have fairly obvious 'combage' by 8 weeks [​IMG]
     
  3. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. Do you know if the lighter barring is a definite indicator of roosterness?
     
  4. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Quote:Yes, males have two copies of the barring gene, whereas females only have one. The double dose of the barring makes them appear lighter than the females.
     
  5. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, here are some pics.

    On the left, the one with lighter barring:

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    Here's a head shot of the ligh barred one too:

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    Boy or girl?
     
  6. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Both look like girls. Boys are much, much lighter.
     
  7. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    Yes, both of those are pullets. Congrats! [​IMG]
     
  8. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh hooray! That means I have 3 girls. Maybe that makes up for having what look like 5 roos in my straight run batch of 6 buff brahma bantys...[​IMG]

    Thank you!
     

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