4 month old Maran hen or rooster?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Chicknlady16, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. Female

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  2. Male

    4 vote(s)
  3. Hard to say right now

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  1. Chicknlady16

    Chicknlady16 In the Brooder

    Jun 24, 2018
    Hi all,
    Earlier this week one of my friends gave me one of their chickens. He said it was a female Maran who was born at the end of February (based on my research and my knowledge of where this friend gets his chicks I am guessing a feather legged french cuckoo Maran from cackle hatchery).

    I already had 5 chickens of various breeds all 5-6 months old, and this new supposedly younger hen, who has been named Janet Yel-hen, seemed much larger and more mature than my existing chickens. I just attributed it to breed differences, but yesterday I was napping around 5 pm when I was startled awake by a loud chicken noise. It was not quite the full crow of a rooster, but it was definitely seemed related and different than the sounds I normally hear my female chickens make. The same thing happened this morning around 6:40 (about 40 minutes after the sun came up).

    This has all left me wondering if Janet is just missing the roosters from her old flock and doing some vocal mimicking or if Jerome Fowl would have been a more appropriate name. I live with in city limits, so if I have a rooster I will need to get rid of it and want to return him before I get to emotionally attached (though it is probably too late for that). I have attached some photos. Any assistance/insight would be appreciated!

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  2. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

    Dec 29, 2015
    Mossyrock, WA
    would vote cockerel at this stage my girls sing an egg song completely different from my cockerel
  3. Silkie2

    Silkie2 Songster

    Mar 1, 2016
    Southern NH
    i'm guessing cockerel.
    tail feathers look pretty curved.
  4. redranger209

    redranger209 Crowing

    Apr 17, 2016
    Oakdale, CA
    I’m not sure. No male feathers, but the comb and waddles are huge. Either she’s a cockerel or an adult hen.
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Crowing

    Mar 19, 2011
    NW Oregon
    Looks like a cockerel to me too.

    The tail feathers are very curved, even in the saddle area.

    Assuming the 5 month age is correct, that is very large red comb you would expect of a male Marans.

    With the tail feathers, and noise in the morning, your friend gave you a rooster.

    One trick when in doubt with barred birds, as it can be hard to see beginning saddle feathers, is to take a flashlight and shine it at night on the hackles and saddle area. Normal hen feathers diffuse the light while the heavier spikes of the male feathers will flash.

    Shine on another hen to see what hen feathers do, then shine on the barred suspect. This usually works at the beginning of the male saddle spikes (but not always...sometimes you have to wait for them to develop more).

    I think you've got a rooster there anyway.

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  6. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    Cockerel, the tail & if you look really close in the 5th pic, I see the saddle feathering starting to "flow" Or maybe it's my old eyes :(
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