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Black Copper Maran leg feathering question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SIMZ, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

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    Hello! I hatched five BCM's almost 5 weeks ago. I suspect that I have 3 roos and 2 pullets. My concern is that 4 of the chicks have very heavy leg feathering and one has very little. Is leg feathering related to gender? Please tell me it's not and it's still possible that I have more than just one female in the bunch!! [​IMG]

    Thanks!
    Stacie
     

  2. bigshawn

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  3. SIMZ

    SIMZ Crowing

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    Thank you! I'm not sure where to start, but it looks like very interesting reading. [​IMG]
     
  4. bigshawn

    bigshawn Songster

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    Post your ? there I'm sure it will get answered qwickly........
     
  5. aChickted

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    Leg feather has really nothing to do with gender. You don't want heavy leg feathering on a marans, just a light amount down the shaft of the leg and outside toe [​IMG] They are usually pretty easy to sexy by a few weeks old! [​IMG]
     
  6. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Songster

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    Marans are definitely on my list for next year.
     
  7. snowbird

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    post a picture. at 5 weeks they are easy to tell the difference.
     

  8. SIMZ

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    Thanks so much for the replies! [​IMG]

    I'll try to post some pictures in a little bit. I have 3 boys that I'm almost positive about. I have one female for sure. I'll be sure to post the picture of the questionable chick. She has a more developed comb then the female, but much less than the males. I was really hoping for at least 2-3 females out of the bunch, but so it goes.

    I'd be curious to your expert opinions on their leg feathering, too. I'm not planning on showing them. I just want to try the breed and have some dark eggs in my cartons. [​IMG] I would like to learn more about the standards for the breed regardless.

    So many chicken breeds........so little $$, space, and time! LOL

    Stacie [​IMG]

    P.S. Please excuse my missing "S" on the end of "maran" in the thread title.
     
  9. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    The amount of leg feathering does not indicate the gender of the bird. They should have feathered shanks, but sometimes a clean legged or sparsely feather shanked bird happens.
    Photos of the chicks would help determine gender, at this age they should be relatively easy to sex. [​IMG]
     

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