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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 10:47 pm 
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They are Cockerels :thumbs:


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:39 pm 
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thank you CJane and macar. :-)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:26 pm 
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two little roos

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:58 pm 
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For everyone replying to Boy or Girl? questions in this forum.

When people give an opinion it would be really helpful to all of us, especially people not familiar with the appearance of chicks of a particular breed & colour at a particular age if you would expand on your statement to include the reasons for arriving at your gender determination.

I know that people are busy but making this little extra effort would be much appreciated, please.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:24 pm 
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lol, ok
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The comb is the big thing, in most breeds it reddens up and swells and grows earlier. And the lower jaw skin reddens and enlarges earlier also.
Sometimes you can tell by the jawskin before you can than the comb.
Also, the little roosters seem to have longer legs
the girls seem to have skirts, or are more fluffy around the back bottom area.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:28 pm 
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:th, kazlee.

The more of us gaining experience, the more we can help new poultry owners. :-)


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:16 pm 
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I reckon, given the rapid wattle and comb development, Chick A is a boy, Chick B not so sure, but I'd say Roo also.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:19 pm 
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I don't know why I didn't think of expanding my answer, sorry! :doh

I said they're both roosters because of the wattle and comb development, and lack of tail feathers. I am judging off both sets of photos.

With the plymouth rocks I've raised from chicks, this is what I've noticed:
1) All the roosters have developed combs and wattles early on,
2) The barring in the roosters looks lighter than the females,
3) Thicker, longer legs,
4) The roosters take a long time to get tail feathers, while the pullets develop a pointy little tail from the start (I actually still have a rooster who's about 4 months old, who still doesn't have a noticeable tail),
5) The roosters feather up a little slower.
6) Most pullets have dark shading down the fronts of their legs in the beginning.

Hope this helps :smile blink

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Thank you to everyone who has posted, and thanks also for explaining your sex choices this will help me with future sexing. Thank you again for sharing your knowledge i really appreciate it. :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:29 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:13 pm 
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i've been breeding barred rocks for a couple of years. i was always told, if you stand back and look at them from a distance,if they appear more white - they are boys. if they appear more black they are girls.
seems to work for me - however helps if you have both sexes - as easier to tell the difference.

i did look at your pictures but found it hard to judge. all the best.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 9:33 am 
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Thank you Caralyn, that is a great piece of advice! yes having just the two to compare is difficult, i find myself watching them for ages at a time confusing myself :laughing but they are cute little chickies so i don't mind either way


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:16 pm 
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Here are some updated pictures of my barred rock chicks now 8 weeks old. They were moved into one of our large chicken pens, i put my 3 year old australorp hen in with them she is clucky i thought oh well put her with them and she should stop being clucky.
At this stage the only way i can tell apart the rock chicks is one has pale legs and the other has nice yellow legs.

here they are together, "yellow legs" to the left.
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and again, "yellow legs" to the left again.
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"yellow legs".
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"pale legs".
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Hmm, at 8 weeks their headgear is getting red. I'd think that both are cockerels - sorry.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:55 pm 
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In my oppinion they are both cockerels because of their combs being red and large for their age. Their barring is also lighter in colour which can indicate them being male.

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