I have been carefully watching my new chicks trying to figure out if I got what I wanted. Rock Star, my current Barred Rock, is 3 years old had been a great layer and pleasant bird. She was the reason I decided to try the breed again.
I got my chicks four weeks ago and my new Barred Rock, Spot, is starting to give me some grief. She was bought at the local farm store from a tank marked pullets (girls). As I watch my chicks grow I have become increasing convinced Spot may be a rooster. Now mind you at 4 weeks old I am still guessing, and there are several indicators that this chick is a male.
Things that make me think Spot is a male: Long, thick legs, some red on the waddle, aggressive personality, and just plain size.
Things that make me think Spot might be female: Her comb is still pretty yellow and her feathering is more black with white a female trait as opposed to white with black.
Yet the feather color still says female. I am keeping my fingers cross that my hunch is wrong and it is a female as a Barred Rock is a nice looking bird and a good layer.