Telling the Gender of Barred Rock Chicks

ebonykawai

Songster
12 Years
Dec 27, 2007
1,307
13
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Wheatfield, NY near NiagFalls
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Yes, please, I'd love to see it! Sorry for threadjack...
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adoptedbyachicken

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Jan 11, 2007
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British Columbia, Canada
This is line dependant in the Barred Rocks. The line I had it never worked out much better than flipping a coin. They were fantastic birds all grown up, but telling them appart at chicks was impossible. They could have any amount of white or darkening on the legs and be either sex.

I think at one time it was bred for, the ability to sex them as chicks, and we have not been keeping it up since vent sexing has taken over.
 

Sunburnt

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 8, 2009
19
0
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NH
Thanks, all....I believe though I am new I got this BR pegged as a boy. But I can't prove it yet. We named him/her Poe, just in case.

Also, thanks for RIR comments in here since my others are RIR's, they are Alice and Aurora.

I just picked up my last, Stella, a Gold Laced Wyandotte, I noticed she has a very special, songbird-like cheep and very calm:

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BigIslandChicks

Songster
9 Years
Nov 10, 2010
434
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still waiting for the little ladies to start laying...but come spring i want to hatch some of my BR's eggs. glad i found this!
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MD2009

Hatching
8 Years
Jul 4, 2011
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Just bought four more barred rocks for my flock just found out today the lady sex’s them at 1 to 3 days old. She said the females are darker then the males even that young. She looks at the little feathers under the wings I guess the darker the chicks feathers it’s a female. So when I got home I looked at my own that I had bought from a chicken fair 5 weeks ago and sure enough the darker ones turned out to be females and the lighter ones are male.
 

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