Tips on sexing barred Plymouth rocks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Jellyballoo, Oct 13, 2014.

  1. Jellyballoo

    Jellyballoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey
    Im new here
    We currently own two chickens
    One leghorn and one ISA brown
    We have recently upgraded our hutch so are looking at adding one more chicken
    We have been offered pick of 10 week old barred rock pullets (they said they are all pullets)
    I have this this photo and I'm worried the dark one may be a cockerel

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    We are going out later in the week to have a look and possibly pick one up
    Any tips on what to look for to avoid getting a male would be much appreciated :)
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchaholic Extrordinaire Premium Member

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    Well, those are definitely not all barred rocks. Normally I'd say that that is a pullet, since barred rock females are much darker than barred rock males. However, I'm inclined to say that it's a mix with a barred rock mother and is in fact a black sex link male. That's way too much comb and wattles for a pullet to have at ten weeks.
     
  3. Jellyballoo

    Jellyballoo Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what kinda confused me
    But I'm also not that great with chicken breeds so thought it would be best to ask
    Basicly we don't mind what breed we get just as long as it's a female as we can't have a rooster where we are
    Would the one in the back be a female?
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    That isn't a Barred Rock. It looks like a Barred Rock mix, or a Black Sex-Link. The other birds in the photo aren't Barred Rocks either. Though, the bird in the back is a pullet. They all look like mixed breeds.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    None of those birds are Barred Rocks. They may be Barred Rock mixes, or a completely different mix. The dark bird with the red comb is a cockerel.
     
  6. Jellyballoo

    Jellyballoo Out Of The Brooder

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    So basicly if we do have a look red comb = male, hardly visible comb = female?
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Not neccesarily. If they are 8 weeks old or less, a large red comb does usually mean male. And a hardly visible, flesh colored comb does usually mean female. But, if they are older, you can't be quite as sure. Some females develop quickly ( I once had a Wyandotte I was completely sure was a male at four weeks old, but the comb stopped getting larger/redder and I ended up with a hen). Some males take a long time to get a large comb.

    Use the large comb, in combination with other traits, to guess on gender. A tall stance or less feathering compared to the other birds may mean male. Be on the lookout for pointy saddle feathers (longer back feathers near the tail). They look too young to show definitive pointy neck feathers, which also mean male. But, if you notice any, it's probably a cockerel.
     
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  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    x2 on that.
     
  9. Jellyballoo

    Jellyballoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Hmm thanks guys
    Maybe we will just give it a miss and get another POL pullet from the place we got Penny and Speckles
    That way we know the sex and that she will be healthy and its not as far to travel
    Don't really feel confident in being able to pick a female :S
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    In your picture, the darker bird and the back end of the bird in front are both cockerels. The cute bird above the darker barred bird is a pullet, she's a mixed breed and would grow up to a nice, unique looking bird.

    Good idea posting pics before you buy the bird--I with more folks did that! Lots of heartbreak could be averted.
     

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