*UPDATE- 6 WKS*Barred Rocks 4 weeks old- All females? Lots of pictures

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sweet_peeps, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. sweet_peeps

    sweet_peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I bought 7 sexed barred rock pullets at the feed store.

    Most of them had larger head spots and 1 looked more
    like a penguin than a chicken and different in the face
    than the rest.

    Most of them in the last few days are starting to get
    a pink color to their beak.
    At 4 weeks is this too early for pullets?

    Anyhow, hope my pictures aren't too big.

    DH helped me and had me laughing so hard as he
    was saying silly things like: "Here's Speckles on the
    runway, look at her strutting her stuff!"

    I can't believe I got any pictures.


    chick #1:

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    Chick #2 is the one that looked like a penguin and who's
    beak looks different than the others. In fact it's whole head
    looks different to me. Maybe the way it holds it or something.
    #2 is my avatar peep also so you can see what it looked like at
    10 days.

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    and here is a picture of (#2) on the
    ground:

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    I have a couple that haven't gotten the pinkish color yet:

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    And here's a picture of as many as I could get in 1 picture.

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    This last picture shows the 2 with the most pink in the center.
    Nothing screams rooster to me but why do some have more
    color than others?
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    So, what do you Barred Rock experts think?
     
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  2. sweet_peeps

    sweet_peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bumping this up
     
  3. KLH2010

    KLH2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am really new to this too but my barred rocks started getting a little red at about 4 weeks, too. So I assume it must be normal for them. I'm not much help other than that. They are definitely cute, though. Good luck!
     
  4. Dustin Biery

    Dustin Biery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Mulberry, Arkansas
    Im surprised Cyn hasn't chimed in yet, Im sure she will and will have more effecient advice than I....but....in the last picture that you posted the chick that is on the right, kinda in the middle of the picture looks like a male to me. If you could get a body shot of each of them, it would be a ton easier to sex them. JMHO
     
  5. sweet_peeps

    sweet_peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks KLH2010. That's good to know it may be common.

    dustin, do you mean the one that's pecking at
    the ground?
    Or the one standing upright?
     
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  6. Dustin Biery

    Dustin Biery Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2007
    Mulberry, Arkansas
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  7. sweet_peeps

    sweet_peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's #2 the one that always looked like a penguin to me.

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  8. marie_martin

    marie_martin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2007
    Grenada, MS
    I was told that the wider barring is a male and the thinner barring is a female if that helps. Hard to tell from pics but that one does look to have wider barring??

    Marie
     
  9. sweet_peeps

    sweet_peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi marie,
    He does look lighter in that picture and his bars
    look wider but when you look at him with the
    others there's not a huge difference.
    I find I have to really look for him now that
    they've all feathered out.

    Listen to me refer to him as "him" Ha!
    I wouldn't mind if he was a rooster.
    But just one. I only have 7 chicks.

    DH said to get 7 as one would be a spare.
    My Jack Russell killed one of our RIR's the 1st
    day we had them. (this was a few years ago)
    Jumped right up into the bathtub and reached
    through the bars of the dog kennel they were in.
    Very naughty dog.
    But that's what Jacks are bred to do.

    He has been threatened to within an inch of his
    life with this batch though.
    He's keeping his distance!
     
  10. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new at all this, so by no means an expert; however my hens combs didn't show a blush of pink until they were 6-7 weeks old.
     

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