Any guesses as to breed? Gender?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tiffanyjcruz, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. tiffanyjcruz

    tiffanyjcruz Out Of The Brooder

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    Got this in with our 15 Araucana/Ameraucana chicks from Murray McMurray. I think this is the free exotic chick. What do you think it is, and is it possible to tell if I have a cockerel on my hands?
     
  2. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    It's either a Barred Rock (could be either gender) or a male Black Sex Link chick (female BSL chicks do not have the white spot on top of the head). Since both are barred, you won't know which until it has feathered out. I would suggest posting its pic again at that time on our What Breed or Gender is This? section.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    If it's the free chick from MMM, it should be a cuckoo Marans, not a Rock (or a Dominique, if it has a rose comb). Can you get a pic looking down at the chick from the top so we can see the head spot size and shape?
     
  4. tiffanyjcruz

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    I'm hoping it's a Cuckoo Maran! I have some in the incubator actually.
     
  5. Michael OShay

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    That's another possibility although the legs look a bit on the yellow side to me in the pic. Maybe it's just my eyes, or the fact that it's a hatchery quality bird.
     
  6. tiffanyjcruz

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    What does it mean that the legs look yellow? I'll have to go investigate her/him a bit closer.
     
  7. Michael OShay

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    Simply that the coloring in the legs looks more yellow to me than white.
     
  8. keesmom

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    On my monitor the legs look more white, and I think I can see a little leg feathering.
     
  9. tiffanyjcruz

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    I see leg feathering too. That's means cockerel, right?
     
  10. keesmom

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    Not at all. Some breeds are feather legged, and that would include both sexes. The sparse leg feathering could indicate the chick is a cuckoo Marans since most barred breeds do not have leg feathering.
     

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