7 week old Marans cross - UPDATE NOW AT 11 weeks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by texas_chick, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I got this chick she was almost black with a perfect headspot. I picked her out of a brooder with Cuckoo Marans but apparently only her dad is a Marans because she is HUGE and unlike her sisters she has yellow legs.
    Her barring also looks more similar to the BR chick than to her CM sisters.
    She is the sweetest chicken though. Sits right down and lets you pet her, etc.
    I am hoping she's a 'she'.
    My husband thinks she might be a rooster because her comb is getting red but I believe all of the Marans (even the hens) I saw at the breeders' had red combs.
    So here it is - pullet or cockerel?
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    Updated pictures from today at 11 weeks old:

    On the plus side: still sweetest chicken, sits down for petting right away, no crowing (yet);
    worrisome part: she's getting very pretty greenish shiny black feathers all over and she is now definitely the most massive chicken I have.

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    I think I know the answer now ... May 19, 2009
     
    Last edited: May 19, 2009
  2. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm going with BO pullet. Though I'm only learning so hopefully someone else will respond.

    Final answer?

    Yup, final answer!
     
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm going with cockerel.
     
  4. NotTheMomma

    NotTheMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Tada! There ya are! Was hoping you'd see this thread.

    Now help me out, BO due to coloring and yellow legs? She said perfect spot as a chick, made me think pullet. However, red comb for sure! Now, the leg coloring, those stripes on the legs, does that help identify gender? or breed?

    Thanks speckled hen! The queen of speckled hens!!
     
  5. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred Rock Pullet! [​IMG]
     
  6. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I should mention it can't be Barred Rock since I got it locally from a breeder with Marans Roosters and Hens as well as assorted other hens so father is Marans rooster, mother is something else. [​IMG]
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I'm going on leg color and the reddening comb, however, I've been wrong plenty of times. The sexing rules of barred breeds won't work on about 10-15% of chicks and some will have mixed traits, making it hard to guess the sex early on. Let us know what it turns out to be!
     
  8. EricShane

    EricShane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I should mention it can't be Barred Rock since I got it locally from a breeder with Marans Roosters and Hens as well as assorted other hens so father is Marans rooster, mother is something else. [​IMG]

    lol .. okay.. well.. I saaay... Some sort of Pullet! haha

    *fingers crossed*
     
  9. pinkfeather

    pinkfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say pullet......[​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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