Black Copper Marans - Need a little help

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Stephanie79, Aug 19, 2014.

  1. Stephanie79

    Stephanie79 Out Of The Brooder

    18
    0
    24
    Aug 19, 2014
    Cicero, NY
    I have four black copper marans and I'm sure that one of them is a hen; however, I'm questioning the other three. They are approximately four to five months old and at least one of them has let out a full crow. The other two have belted out; however, they were not full crows.

    I've read that hens sometimes crow and am a bit baffled by all of this. I have looked for spurs which none have evidence of. The three do have red combs and waddles while my Sophie has none. The pictures I have seen of black copper maran hens are a bit confusing because some grow the red combs and waddles and some do not.

    Do I really have three roosters and if so, is there an absolute indicator? Thanks.
     
  2. [​IMG]

    Could you post some photos of each bird?

    - BantamLover55
     
  3. Stephanie79

    Stephanie79 Out Of The Brooder

    18
    0
    24
    Aug 19, 2014
    Cicero, NY
    I will post them as soon as I get home.
     
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    23,605
    1,314
    396
    Jul 24, 2013
    If birds are crowing at this age, they are probably roosters. However, photos would help.
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    20,569
    1,158
    391
    Jul 24, 2013
    At this age, a crowing bird is almost certainly a rooster. Generally, only old hens occaisonally crow- young hens rarely, if ever will.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,452
    3,530
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    [​IMG]

    I agree, crowing at this age means male.

    Being black copper Marans, they probably have different coloring, also. Hens of this breed will only have the copper around the neck, males will have it on the wings also. They are probably getting long, pointy hackle and saddle feathers at this age, also.
     
  7. Stephanie79

    Stephanie79 Out Of The Brooder

    18
    0
    24
    Aug 19, 2014
    Cicero, NY
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Stephanie79

    Stephanie79 Out Of The Brooder

    18
    0
    24
    Aug 19, 2014
    Cicero, NY
    [​IMG][/IMG]

    Here's a couple of photos of the three in question.
     
  9. Stephanie79

    Stephanie79 Out Of The Brooder

    18
    0
    24
    Aug 19, 2014
    Cicero, NY
    [​IMG]
     
  10. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    31,452
    3,530
    538
    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    All males, sorry.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by