10 eggs...10 roos? Help sexing Marans

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by BroosterSpringsteen, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. BroosterSpringsteen

    BroosterSpringsteen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 week old chicks, a variety of Marans. I'm seeing a lot big combs this week. A lot of them are obvious cockerels, but I think some of them are still questionable, but you tell me...did I manage to hatch 10 roosters? I hope not.
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  2. Johnn

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    Number 7 and 4 look more like girls.
     
  3. BroosterSpringsteen

    BroosterSpringsteen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree #7 looks like a possible pullet, but #4 concerns me. While there's not much comb, the chick is feathering very, very slowly, and has enormous thick legs for it's size!
     
  4. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    Also the 2 which have feather loss (1 and 3) i think are most defintley cockerels because when i hatched out my maran boy he had feather loss on his neck.
     
  5. BroosterSpringsteen

    BroosterSpringsteen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I pegged #1 as a rooster when he was 2 days old [​IMG]
    #3 had me sure it was a pullet for the first couple of weeks, but now I don't know. The feather loss is because the chick was stuck to the shell. I had to save it. After I wrapped it in a warm cloth, the shell came off, but so did a lot of it's fluff! It was basically bald.
     
  6. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    I see another problem.... all of them have yellow legs. IIRC, Marans are supposed to have white legs.
     
  7. BroosterSpringsteen

    BroosterSpringsteen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are supposed to have white legs. Gray/black shading is acceptable in BCM and cuckoo...at least from what I've read. The white marans chicks have pinkish-white legs. All the legs look more saturated in the pictures than they actually are. But yeah, I'm keeping an eye on the leg color.
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

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  9. BroosterSpringsteen

    BroosterSpringsteen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Brandonbkelly, your guesses match my guesses almost exactly. The only difference I think I had is #6. I really think that little guy is a roo. He has no tail feathers and his comb grows more every day. Plus his barring is really contrasty. #6 was an egg I put into the compost the day after my hatch had ended (or so I thought. I candled all remaining eggs). 2 hours later I heard peeping coming from the compost. I threw the egg back into the bator, and a few hours later he hatched! I named him Oscar (after the trashcan monster). So he's a couple days behind the others size and feather wise. He's the runt, and he's my favorite. Obviously it would be great is he is actually a pullet.
     
  10. BantamFan4Life

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    Well, you might know more about the birds gender than I do I'm just going by the picture :)
     
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