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Sexing French Black Copper Marans

post #1 of 8
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No pics yet, They are only three weeks old...suspense is killing me.
any tell-tale signs to look for to sex my young French black copper marans?

11 French Black Copper Marans, 3 Black Sex Links, 3 Cochins
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post #2 of 8

I had a Blue Copper Maran that started trying to crow at less than a month old.  He is now 9 weeks old and an expert crower...
He also developed his comb and wattles very early, but maybe the breed typically does that...not sure.
I named him Big Comb... big_smile

Kelli...Wife of 1, mother of 2, caretaker of many.
LF BBS Ameraucana, Silver Gray Dorking, Heritage Reds, Speckled Sussex, Java and a few others. 

Also button quail, guinea pigs, Flemish Giant and Harlequin rabbits and caged birds.

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Kelli...Wife of 1, mother of 2, caretaker of many.
LF BBS Ameraucana, Silver Gray Dorking, Heritage Reds, Speckled Sussex, Java and a few others. 

Also button quail, guinea pigs, Flemish Giant and Harlequin rabbits and caged birds.

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post #3 of 8

Some BCM boys will get really pink combs and wattles early on and there is no mistaking them for pullets.  For the rest, it will take several more weeks before you know for sure.  Depending on your line, some pullets actually have very manly features which complicates the whole thing.

From now until about 5 weeks they are all going to start looking like roos because they are starting to develop combs--so don't freak.  Just be patient smile

Oh, and crowing is a good sign you have a boy lol cool

post #4 of 8
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Marans not crowing but I have Black sex links that are only 8 weeks old that are crowing at everything. I feel so sorry for them because they soud like a very old rooster with asthma!big_smile

11 French Black Copper Marans, 3 Black Sex Links, 3 Cochins
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post #5 of 8

Bravo.... I have four three week old BCM chicks and all but one have rather large pink combs. Should I start looking for new homes? I would be so upset if three of them turn out to be cockerels. Gunternomad, any ideas on your cickies yet?

If things keep up, I'm gonna need at least 10 acres... :0) My breed wish list is constantly growing and my hubby just rolls his eyes at them mention of MORE CHICKENS!!!! The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem... I am ADDICTED to CHICKENS!!!.... help....
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If things keep up, I'm gonna need at least 10 acres... :0) My breed wish list is constantly growing and my hubby just rolls his eyes at them mention of MORE CHICKENS!!!! The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem... I am ADDICTED to CHICKENS!!!.... help....
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post #6 of 8
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Not yet and don't count your roosters before they crow when it comes to BCM's. The French Black Copper Maran is notorious for being very difficult to sex while young. From everything I've read so far, sometimes hens can take on seemingly male attributes in adolesents and Roos can really seem very feminine in looks and character for a long time. Some expert breeders can tell them apart at 10 weeks or even earlier but the rest of us usually have to wait. One true tell tale sign is if it crows it is a roo.

11 French Black Copper Marans, 3 Black Sex Links, 3 Cochins
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post #7 of 8

Gunternomad sure has it right!  I have 10 French Black Copper Marans that are now eight weeks old.  I was convinced that I had two pullets and eight roosters until just recently.  The two I know are roosters started crowing when they were 3 weeks old and the two I know are pullets have very small pale combs.  The other six have large red combs and wattles but do not crow.  I now think that these six may actually be pullets.  fl  So don't think about rehoming a BCM you think might be a rooster unless you hear him crow, he may be a pullet!!

Front and far back pullets with small pale combs
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/44342_fbcms_at_8_wks_old_003.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/44342_fbcms_at_8_wks_old_004.jpg
The two birds (one sitting on far left and one standing) on the roof peak are my two crowing roosters
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/44342_fbcms_at_8_wks_old_008.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/44342_fbcms_at_8_wks_old_010.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/44342_fbcms_at_8_wks_old_011.jpg

"Dear Father hear and bless thy beasts and singing birds and guard with tenderness small things that have no words."
3 Chinese Cresteds, 3 cats, 1 Severe Macaw, Ameracanas/Easter Eggers, ISA Browns, Barred Rocks, French Black Copper Marans, Barnyard Mutts

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"Dear Father hear and bless thy beasts and singing birds and guard with tenderness small things that have no words."
3 Chinese Cresteds, 3 cats, 1 Severe Macaw, Ameracanas/Easter Eggers, ISA Browns, Barred Rocks, French Black Copper Marans, Barnyard Mutts

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post #8 of 8

I found my marans to be very easys to sex. The roosters had big combs and wattles early and were crowing by 8 weeks.

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