What are we??? Dark Barred Plymouth Rock boys or girls?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by scoopy82, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. scoopy82

    scoopy82 Songster

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    I recently hatched a dozen Dark Barred Plymouth Rock chicks, they are now 9 weeks old.
    I saw the stock they came from, all appeared to be correct with dark colouring and good barring. The resulting chicks were a really mixed bunch though. There was a creamy white chick, 3 black chicks with white tipped wings, and 8 chicks of differing darkness with barring. Just wondering how common this is to end up with a few random looking chicks from this breed or has something gone ammis with breeding/egg collection?
    Anyway, I have kept four (the neighbour took the rest) but really only want 2 hens and I'm sure at least one of them is, but thought the experts might be able to guess what the other 3 could be, I have a bad feeling they are all boys.
    The light ones:
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    The dark ones - the one at the back is the one I'm sure is female:
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    The difference in colour:
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    Group shot - what do you all think? (sorry about the fuzzy head, its so hard to take photo's of moving chickens on my phone!):
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  2. smarsh2

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    These are clearly not pure barred rock. one roo is dark colored like a pullet. of the barred ones i only see 1 pullet, 3 roos
     
  3. hdowden

    hdowden Crowing

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    with the color of the legs i want to say they might have some marans mixed in with them. gender wise 1 pullet and 3 cockerels
     
  4. scoopy82

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    That is what I feared. Never mind though, I've just sourced some more eggs from a reputable company in my nearest capital city, they claim to be purebred and guarantee an 80% hatch rate even on shipped eggs or they will provide free replacements so I think that is a better way to go :)
     
  5. Dark: All pullets.
    Light: The front is a cockerel, the back chicken is a pullet.
     

  6. Sorry! Dark is all COCKERELS
     

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