Hi! This is my second post, new to the site: We have been getting our chicks from a local feed store for years and always lucked out with all girls. This time we bought two Cuckoo Marans and two New Jersey Giants who are now 8 weeks old, and one of the Marans is exhibiting signs of maleness. for the past two weeks he/she has been trying to crow, weak at first, then louder each day. His/her comb and wattle are bigger than the other chicks. Behavior is interesting in that he/she picks on the others a little more agressively than the others, but also one other chick picks on him/her more often than the others.
My question is when can I know that he/she is a rooster, and then, since we can't keep a rooster, what is the best way of giving him away to a good home? The few people I have asked who have chickens on farms don't want another rooster. Any help is appreciated!