Some confusion on my Barred Rocks (gender)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Nambroth, May 12, 2011.

  1. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    I just got my chicks yesterday from Meyer, and two are Barred Rock pullets. I have researched all that I can on telling gender, and have read the Dominique page on visual sexing ( http://www.dominiquechicken.com/Sexing_Dominique_chicks.html ).

    Both of my chicks have white/grey frosting on their heads that seems to indicate a cockerel to most people, but they have a dark wash on top of their legs. I ordered them as pullets from Meyer, and while I appreciate that sexing the chicks is not foolproof, I'd be very sad to find out that 2/7 chicks are roos when I ordered hens.
    I am wondering if this is just a case of goofy genetics and 'hatchery quality'? I honestly don't mind what they look like as long as they are healthy hens, I have no intentions of showing them. They are pets. [​IMG]

    Opinions? I have no intention of re-homing them unless there are 2 roos but even then I will wait till it's a sure thing (crowing). I was just curious. [​IMG]
    Thank you kindly!

    These chicks are 3 days old.


    Barred Rock #1

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    Barred Rock #2
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  2. Schwartzfarmnc

    Schwartzfarmnc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered 2 BR's from Meyers in March and both look Exactly like yours and both are definetly pullets, so you've got 2 girls too!

    Here is one of ours at about 6 days.
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  3. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    My Dominique has a spread out dot like that and I was very worried about her being a him (especially when she got tall before the EEs!) but as her feathers are filling in, she's looking very girly.

    Honestly, I don't think the dot ID is as exact a science as some people make it out to be.
     
  4. Nambroth

    Nambroth Fud Lady

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    Thank you both very much for your input! I appreciate it so much! [​IMG]
     

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