What sex is my Barred Rock?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by newlyweds, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. newlyweds

    newlyweds Pearl of the Prairie

    Mar 12, 2010
    Southeast Texas
    I hatched a Barred rock chick yesterday and was just curious if you could tell by the coloring if it is male or female.


  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    You have a cockerel, in my opinion. Lots of frosting across the back of the head, lighter grayish down and no black on leg fronts.
  3. barred-rocks-rock

    barred-rocks-rock Can't stick with a Title

    Jul 5, 2009
    Quote:[​IMG] You can also tell by the feathers. They are uneven lenghts.
  4. newlyweds

    newlyweds Pearl of the Prairie

    Mar 12, 2010
    Southeast Texas
    Thanks Speckled hen, I was thinking so myself.

    barred-rocks-rock- I thought 2 length feathers means female, and all one length means male? That just what I've read before.
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Unless the line of BRs has been bred for feather sexing, it wont be reliable. Not all breeds can be feather sexed.
  6. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I read also that it was same length=boy and different length=girl...........

    And for the record....I think it's a boy too!
  7. I am skeptical that there is any reliable way to tell at this age. Give it a few weeks and see if it sprouts a comb and wattles. Even then, it is hard to know. I have a 7wk old BR that I thought was a roo for sure. Big red comb and pink wattles were apparent at two weeks, but they have simmered down and the rest of him/her has caught up. I think it is a pullet. It is fun to speculate though.

  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Well, the sexing rules for barred breeds are accurate to within about 85-90%. I'd say that's fairly reliable. Some will fool you, yes, but not usually.

    Historical Document
    Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station


    It had long been recognized that the size of the light head
    spots in Barred Plymouth Rocks varied in the two sexes. The
    males tend to have larger headspots and the females to have
    darker colored legs. However, this method has not been sufficiently
    accurate to be of much commercial value.
    Quinn and Knox (1939) attempted to separate the sexes of
    Barred Plymouth Rocks by means of the intensity of the black
    pigment in the down and legs. In different lots of chicks they
    report 83.5, 86.1 and 91.8 percent accuracy.
    Jerome (1939) describes a method of sex identification in
    Barred Plymouth Rocks based upon the regularity of the outline
    of the head spot rather than the size of the spot. Those chicks
    having headspots irregular in outline and scattered in appearance
    are males while the females tend to have headspots with
    more regular outlines. The author claimed an accuracy of 90
    percent or better when considering only the headspot and 95
    percent if the color of the legs was included in the consideration
    The Canadian Department of Agriculture (Anonymous 1941)
    issues an excellently illustrated bulletin describing the method.
    It is stated in the bulletin that the method “is widely practiced
    in Barred Rock chicks by commercial chick sexers.” Sex identification
    is based upon outline of head spot, color of legs and
    shade of down color.
    There are several types of male and female
    head spots some of which are shown in Figure 1.​
  9. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    The size of the spot on their heads has always worked for me. [​IMG]
  10. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Free Ranging

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop
    I agree with Cynthia, it's a cockeral.

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