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Need help sexing my marans

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Hey everyone long time lerker here, hehehheūüėĀ, finally bought my self some chicks 3 months ago. Now im in need of some help sexing some marans.also one is a mystery breed, i bought 3 marans but one looks completely different. Any help is much appreciated thanks in advance everyoneūüėÄ.srry for the low quality pix
1st up blue copper marans. What u guys think male or female 3 months old

2nd is my Black Copper Marans

Last is the mystery one,when i bought them 3 months ago they all looked the same but this one has me guessing now. What do u guys think, is it a marans
post #2 of 9

Those aren't pure Marans. All three are cockerels though.

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post #4 of 9

I can believe they are Marans, just not show quality....and not French line as no leg feathers. Legs may be a bit too dark, which can be lack of control in the line, or its simply the photo lighting. SOP calls for light to mid slate, BCM can be dark slate.

 

The top and the bottom are definitely roosters...you can see the red bars coming in on the wings.  The top is likely a Blue Copper. The bottom, I'm not sure....Marans come in a number of colors, and breeders often like to try for some designer colors creating some unique patterns...sometimes crossing over a Wheaten or Buff with something else like a Blue Copper can give some different results....or they may have been trying for Gold Salmon. That bird might be a mixed breed or a mixed result of coloring attempt (and reason for sale).

 

The middle bird looks Black Copper Marans, and is likely a male due to comb size at 3 to 4 months of age(?), however it does not have the red bars yet, and one of my pullets matured quickly and laid early...so there is a little hope this might turn out to be a pullet...but prepare yourself for male.

 

Sorry.

 

LofMc

Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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Keeper of 15+ layers, common to specialty types for colorful egg baskets. Brooding Queens: The Queen Mum Silkie and 2 Bantam Cochin handmaids. Preparing to breed my own Olive Eggers! Barnevelder roo with Splash Marans and CL for egg color and color coding :D Former 4H leader, GDB Puppy Raiser, Homeschooler. Current ESL tutor. Proud new grandma. Loving wife to a very tolerant husband.
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post #5 of 9
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Thanks everyone one for the responses.
post #6 of 9
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Can someone guide me in the right direction to buy some french copper marans. Want to compare the ones I have now and the ones I get. Thanks again everyoneūüėČ
post #7 of 9

Check out this thread. Lots of good breeders there, and you can see what they are supposed to look like.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/444381/black-copper-marans-discussion-thread

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Thx Junebuggena really appreciate the time u took to help me outūüėĀ
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You're welcome.

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