What's up with my Barred Rocks?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by chickflick'92, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. chickflick'92

    chickflick'92 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey chicken lovers! I was wondering about my BR. She seems to keep her neck cocked and I can't get her to straighten it. I'm wondering what happened. I'm going to try looking into the eye that she keeps down tomorrow. She might have been pecked by one of my other BR's who all of a sudden became aggressive. [​IMG] I hope she'll straighten it out soon. She's acting normal but cocking her neck.
    What should I do about her neck?

    My other BR who is pecking the other chickens never used to be aggressive. She chases the chickens around, plucks their butt feathers out and eats them. She is bigger and has a larger crown than the rest. She should start laying soon since my white chicken just started.
    Anyone know why she's acting like this? Thanks [​IMG]

    Edit: picture reply below>>>>
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2009
  2. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a rooster to me...[​IMG]
     
  3. chickflick'92

    chickflick'92 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Are you kidding me?! A rooster?? That's.....wow. I ordered from McMurray Hatchery assorted brown egg laying hens. Never thought I would have a rooster. This is my first time ever owning chickens. I'm confused as to what to feel right now. I want a rooster to have baby chicks but I don't because I want to eat the eggs too. Wow.

    Anyways, anything I can do about the crooked neck?? [​IMG]
     
  4. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Just because you have a rooster doesn't mean you can't eat the eggs.
     
  5. Jay13

    Jay13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want a rooster to have baby chicks but I don't because I want to eat the eggs too. Wow.

    You can eat fertilized eggs as well as infertile ones. There is no real difference as long as the hen hasn't been incubating them for days and days.​
     
  6. dalostshaker

    dalostshaker Out Of The Brooder

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    Barred Rock Roos look and behave totally different from the hens. Their feathers are almost a "white on black" as opposed to a "black on white" look. Post your pics of it and someone will help you out or look on the pages here for BR sample pictures.
    Sorry, I don't know anything about a crooked neck. You should really investigate that one further, hopefully it is not a major issue.
    Good luck. [​IMG]
     
  7. clayhillcouple

    clayhillcouple Out Of The Brooder

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    I couldn't tell until my 2 BR's were about 6 months what they were.
    My wife wants to slaughter the BR rooster because he is really aggressive. But He's lucky that He's the only BR rooster.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    She could have an injury or a vitamin deficiency. If you get some children's Polyvisol liquid vitamins (w/o iron) and give her 3-5 drops by beak once a day, it may help, if it's a vitamin issue. If it's an injury, not sure what to do except separate her so she doesn't get picked on; put her in a warm place so you can observe her and feed her extra protein.
     
  9. chickflick'92

    chickflick'92 Out Of The Brooder

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    Both of my chickens are 5 months 11 days old but the one BR is bigger, has a larger comb and is starting to be aggressive towards the other chickens. This pic is the potential "roo"....

    [​IMG]

    All the other combs on my 7 other chickens are about half the size or smaller than that BR's comb.
     
  10. RedHead

    RedHead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no expert by any means, and am very new to this....
    But that looks like a roo to me
     

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