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Hi, I'm new to raising backyard chickens; I have been doing this for 2 months. I think I have two roosters that are 8 weeks old. I bought 10 chicks from a straight run and I think I have two roosters. I tried sexting them by their tail feathers when I bought them. I think #1 is a Black Maran and #2 (the brown one) is a brown leghorn. I cannot keep Roos where I live. Any advice is appreciated.

Black and White one - Maran #1


Brown Leghorn #2


Brown Leghorn #2 continued

post #2 of 6
Based on the size of the comb I do think those are both young cockerels.

Breed is interesting... given the yellow legs on #1 I'd think he's a Barred Rock rather than a Marans, except his coloring is incredibly dark like a hen's is - which makes me think he may in fact be a mixed breed.

The brown one I can't see real good from these photos, could be a Leghorn, or potentially a Welsummer (does the ear lobe seem to be developing red or white?).

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200 something birds. 8 species. ♥ Norman ♥ Norma ♥ Misha ♥ and ♥ Taylor ♥ are my babies.
Visit Norman the Rooster's Thread Here!
Breeding Sex Linked Silkies, Gamefowl, and EEs/OEs. Amateur genetics buff. Caponization practitioner/advocate.
Working at The Poultry Palace in Placerville, CA. Come see us for started pullets, chicks, Bar Ale feed, & more!

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post #3 of 6

The first looks like a Barred rock.   May be a rooster.   The second looks like pullet to me.   I'm no expert. so lets see what others say... 

AND :welcome

post #4 of 6

At 8 weeks old, they are both definitely cockerels. And I agree that the first one is a Barred Rock, not a Marans.

 

Only thing you can do is find homes for them. You can post an ad on your local Craigslist, or any local "Buy, Sell, Trade" Facebook groups.

My animals were stolen by a family member and rehomed without my knowledge or consent. I was away for the weekend and they were supposed to be caring for them for me. I have no idea where any of them are at this point.

RIP Fat Cat: 1999 - 3/21/2015
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My animals were stolen by a family member and rehomed without my knowledge or consent. I was away for the weekend and they were supposed to be caring for them for me. I have no idea where any of them are at this point.

RIP Fat Cat: 1999 - 3/21/2015
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post #5 of 6

I agree, they are all definitely roosters, NOT pullets :(

 

I'm sorry about that!

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Wow! I went outside to take another picture of number two. As I approach the coop I heard crowing. I'm pretty sure it was #2. Thanks guys...off to find new homes for them before my neighbors hear them. LOL.

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