Black Copper Marans - cockerel or Pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by l1sagayl3, Apr 3, 2018.

  1. l1sagayl3

    l1sagayl3 In the Brooder

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    One more, if you please! I also have a French Black Copper Marans that is approximately 4 weeks old. She also was sold as a pullet but the more I read, the more I see that these are almost impossible to sex. Anyone have any ideas??
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  2. Frazzemrat1

    Frazzemrat1 Free Ranging

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    Too young. Wait a few more weeks.
     
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  3. Jetblack2004

    Jetblack2004 Free Ranging

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    Looks like a pullet so far. Too young to be 100%, though.
     
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  4. l1sagayl3

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    As one of the most impatient people in the world .... playing the “is this pullet really a pullet” waiting game is not for the faint of heart!

    Also - I’m loving her/his angtsy teenage look with all the half grown in feathers!
     
  5. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    She looks like a pullet--Marans get big combs and wattles quickly.

    If the wattles look like that in two more weeks it is a pullet for sure.

    Hatcheries are 95% correct for sexing chicks. Odds are in your favor!
     
  6. kfelton0002

    kfelton0002 Crowing

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    Looks like a pullet to me. By this age, my Marans cockerels have much bigger and redder combs.

    Also, you don't have to refer to Marans as "French" since your birds were likely bred and raised in the United States. It is correct to call them simply Black Copper Marans. They are a French breed by origin, but unless they came directly from France you don't have to throw the "French" in there. :)
     
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  7. l1sagayl3

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    Good to know! That’s how it was sold to me, so that’s what I’ve been referring to it as.
     
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  8. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    Sometimes they use fbcm for ones with feathers on their feet.
    Since that is the US standard it is not really needed though
     
  9. rebrascora

    rebrascora Free Ranging

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    As @ronott1 said, there are two kinds of BCMs. The French type with feathered shanks and a clean legged version which is the standard here in the UK, so if they are feather legged then it is correct to call them French Black Copper Marans. You can also get the clean legged variety in the USA and they are just Black Copper Marans.

    As regards the sex of this chick, it is still too early to say for sure but nothing to indicate it is a cockerel at this stage.
     
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  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    agree
     

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