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Week Old Black Copper Marans Chicks - Sexing by Feather color? Pictures added!

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I have 2 straight run one week old black copper marans chicks. Today I noticed that while they both have the same amount of wing feathers, one has copper-y color specks in the new itty-bitty feathers while the other one's wings are solid black. Does this mean I have one of each? Or is it too early to tell what I have? I tried to take pictures but they didn't turn out.

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Edited by SewChaos - 5/8/12 at 12:23pm

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post #2 of 39
I can usually tell as soon as he crows, but not before.


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post #3 of 39

it could mean that  as the roos of this breed get the copper color sooner than the hens and in more areas than just the neck.  Now this doesnt mean that the other is a hen

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Thanks, I figured it was way too early to tell, but I thought I'd ask.  :)  

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post #5 of 39

dose sexing maran chicks differ by the kind of maran. i have wheatens blue wheatens black coppers golden cukoos reg cukoos  and have two black tailed buffs can you please advise me on this?

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I did a chick photo shoot.  Here are pictures of my two week old Black Copper Marans.

 

After reading a bunch of different threads here, I think maybe I have one of each?

 

BCM1.JPG

 

The one I think is the boy is facing the camera.

 

BCM.JPG

 

The girl is in the foreground, the boy looking up.  The one I think is a boy has shorter, coppery wings and no tail feathers yet.  He's also a bit smaller than the other.

 

BCM2.JPG

 

BCM3.JPG

 

Opinions?   Or still too early to tell?

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post #7 of 39

I think the same thing.  That does look like a little cockerel and the other a pullet.  but, I'm no expert, sometimes I'm right sometimes I'm not... hu.gif

post #8 of 39

slow developing tail feathers are usually sign that its a boy.  I have 4 black copper marans chicks who are 3 weeks old,  I am fairly certain  2 are boys and one still doesnt have any tail feathers. Also, their combs and wattles are redder & far more developed than the other two.  Watch the combs of your two carefully, that will give you an better idea soon. 

post #9 of 39

okay.... same boat.... sexing my marans from a hatch.... all info on sexing really iffy....lol   everyone seems to have had exceptions to the guess based on ????  feet beak size feathering marks on face color on body... ect ect.... 

 

 

let us know if you were right on your sexing... based on ???

 

 

Thanks Patricia

 

 

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post #10 of 39

update please..... with pix..... wee.gif

 

Trying to sex my bcm's right now....

 

 

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