It may be too soon to tell - but I wanted to get some opinions - this chick is 2 weeks old as of Tuesday. Cockerel or Pullet AND Cuckoo Maran or Dominique??? Its a little tougher to tell as these are hatchery chicks - so they aren't a perfect match for all the traits of a pure bred bird. This chick is from Murray McMurray.
-Wide barring - I've read that is a cockerel trait
-No tail feathers yet - late tail feathers also a cockerel trait? Or is this both sexes in these breeds?
-Silvery back (not really black - more silver color) - cockerel trait?
-Yellow/orange beak and feet - not sure what this tells us - Dominique or cuckoo maran trait?
-'clean' legs and feet - I believe Maran's should have feathered feet - but I don't think McMurray's Cuckoo Marans have feathers on their feet - so this might not tell us anything.
Above is just what I have observed. I'd love any and all opinions. I'm leaning toward cockerel as the traits I have under sex seem to lean that way (but could be completely wrong). On breed - no idea - although I'd guess cuckoo maran as I doubt McMurray would put a Dominique as a 'rare exotic'.
Edited by JoshFig - 4/6/16 at 9:08am