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Black Copper Marans- *Update* Y'all were right!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Tiss, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    EDIT: Here they are now at 7 weeks. You guys were right. It has to be two girls. [​IMG]

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    I posted this over in the marans section but I think the post got missed:

    I hatched out 4 BCM chicks nearly 5 weeks ago. Sadly, 2 of them were eaten by a snake. I'm afraid the two I have left are little cockerels based on their stance and feathering patterns but I don't really know for the breed as these are the first I've had.

    They are 4.5 weeks old now and so quick, it was next to impossible to take pictures that weren't blurred. One of them has copper flecked feathers coming in on his wings, I'm assuming this is an indication of a boy?

    This is the one with the copper flecking.
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    This ones wings are coming in black.
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    Here is Mr. Copper flecks in the front and the other at the back with their EE sister in the middle.
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    I'll try to get some better pictures later. The good news is, I have 18 more BCM eggs incubating right now. I'm sure to get at least one pullet out of that! [​IMG]
     
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  2. NicoleRM

    NicoleRM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think they still could be pullets. My little BCM cockerels usually have comically large combs by 5 weeks.
     
  3. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I won't give up hope. They still don't have much in the way of comb, but their little legs look, well...not so little. Maybe it's the feathers that give them extra heft. [​IMG]
     
  4. PtldChick

    PtldChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:x2 - I had the same thing with my BCM chicks - the boys were very obvious early on.

    The copper flecking on a female is just too much copper/not enough black and it's bleeding through.
     
  5. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was able to get a couple more pictures. They will be 5 weeks tomorrow. They still don't have much comb, but sheesh, those legs!

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    I guess time will tell. I'm just impatient!
     
  6. Lovable Chicks

    Lovable Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HI... I got some BCM eggs and 2 hatched. Mine R 5 weeks today. Took these pictures on 8/11, they were 4 weeks. Posting pics so we can compare.

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    This one has me very puzzled...Can anyone give me any info on this one??

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  7. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've found that the black bits of color on the comb are a very promising sign of a female. The boys will sprout a comb fairly early, and it won't have a drabby appearance early on. I vote for two girls.

    Lovable chicks... I can't tell on the first one because of the flash. But the second is a Wheaten colored female. (but look how pink the comb is! Color says girl... face... throwing me off!)
     
  8. rsarns

    rsarns Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look like girls to me, of the 3 BCM's that hatched by 3-4 weeks it was easy to tell the difference in the cokcerels... here is a pic of a blue that is the same age as yours, notice the huge comb.
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  9. Tiss

    Tiss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh good! I sure hope they're girls!

    I guess I was thrown off because my Blue Orpington pullet feathered out so much faster. I guess the same isn't true for Marans.

    Edit to add:

    Loveable, your black looks more like a pullet to me than mine. I can't see her comb well, but she's all feathered out.
     
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  10. Lovable Chicks

    Lovable Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will try to get a better picture...

    Are these any better?

    Both, the 2 bigger ones...

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    Black one...

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    Last edited: Aug 18, 2011

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