Black Copper Marans "pullets"?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by LaurenM, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. LaurenM

    LaurenM Out Of The Brooder

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    My two 11.5 week old BCM "pullets" have always made me nervous - they have always had much bigger combs/wattles than my two Blue Splash Marans which are obvious pullets (and 4 weeks older). I know in a few weeks time I will see saddle/hackle feathers but would like to know if anyone has any educated guesses at this time on whether they are pullets or cockerels?

    They were vent sexed as pullets and yes they are just HQ

    (I do have a very obvious EE cockerel that I was certain of as early as 4 weeks... He was also supposed to be a pullet :/ so now I worry there are other errors)

    BCM #1 11.5 weeks old - always had more upright stance/presence
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    BCM #2 also 11.5 weeks old
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  2. mohawkbrian

    mohawkbrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some breeds do have large combs naturally and ybrids develop much quicker than pure breeds so its probably just that the hybrids have grown their combs quicker. Also I can see on the pictures that she does not have the upright proud stance of a cockeral so nothng t worry about.
     
  3. LaurenM

    LaurenM Out Of The Brooder

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    Great thanks! These two aren't hybrids - they are just poor quality Marans, hopefully just with bigger combs.

    My EE is for sure a roo, he's a crower and has male coloration had a bright red comb with three rows of peas very early. Hopefully he's my only sexing error out of the group.
     
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  4. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Yeah those look like pullets.
     
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  5. mohawkbrian

    mohawkbrian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are poor quality then the chances are its going to have other breeds in it somewhere so it will still mature quicker. I dont really care about the quality of the birds when they lay a decent amount of eggs, theyare healthy and look nice like yours. They look really healthy.
     
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  6. jendodd79

    jendodd79 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! So much redder than my 14 week old BCM! I hope they are pullets for you!
     
  7. LaurenM

    LaurenM Out Of The Brooder

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    Makes sense! Thank you!
     
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    That much red at that age says boy to me.
     
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  9. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    leaning towards cockerels on them re-post when they are 16 weeks old
     
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  10. LaurenM

    LaurenM Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what worries me... I'll keep my fingers crossed and repost when they're older!
     

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