Too young to tell if roo?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by NorthChicken, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. NorthChicken

    NorthChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    My barred rock is the most assertive of the bunch. Always the first to the open brooder door, first to investigate any new item, first to jump on my arm/lap. Also seems the bossiest of the group!

    I'm worried that she acts like a rooster. I had them supposedly sexed through My Pet Chicken, but I know there isn't a 100% guarantee that they are all females.

    2.5 weeks old
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  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    It is a bit too young to tell for sure. I would recommend posting new photos in a few weeks in the What Breed or Gender is This? section of the forum. Usually, a Barred Rock male will make its gender obvious by week 4-5. "Bossiness" can be a sign of a rooster, but even hens will assert their dominance and may become somewhat pushy.
     
  3. GingerJane

    GingerJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I kind of looks like a rooster. Can you put a picture up with its sibling's next to him/her?
     
  4. NorthChicken

    NorthChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    I will grab some more pictures of the others tomorrow, although she is my only barred rock. She definitely has the biggest comb out of the group, but wasn't sure if that breed of chicken just gets a bigger comb vs my welsummer, speckled sussex, and cochins.
     
  5. GingerJane

    GingerJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's stance looks like a male too. I wouldn't be surprised
     
  6. GingerJane

    GingerJane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You always have that 50/50 chance of being male or female.
     
  7. NorthChicken

    NorthChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    She also seems to protect the little flock, I've seen her charge towards my son and my dog (a shih tzu). Not sure if a rooster move or just a dominant hen move! She is super friendly though, always the first to come over to say hello and fall asleep on me.
     
  8. birdsrfun

    birdsrfun Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, even a hen can act like a rooster, being dominant and protective of the other hens.
     

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