Black Copper Marans

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ELVISMUSTANG, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. ELVISMUSTANG

    ELVISMUSTANG Out Of The Brooder

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    have a few three week old chicks. Is it true I will be able to tell male or female based on color in a few weeks? From looking at pictures online it seems that the males have orange feathers around the necks and the hens are all black. Is this right????
    does anyone know when I will be able to tell male or female for Black Coppers??
     
  2. sparkles2307

    sparkles2307 Terd of Hurtles

    I couldnt really tell til the roos got combs and started getting hackle feathers.
     
  3. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    do you have any pics?
     
  4. ELVISMUSTANG

    ELVISMUSTANG Out Of The Brooder

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    not yet-- only 3 weeks old. feathers not all in but i'm basing it on pics ive seen on web
     
  5. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My three girls feathered in black. One started getting copper coloration, but it took quite a while. The other two are over melanised I suppose, and don't have any copper coloration...but marans have big combs, and the males become readily apparent pretty early.
     
  6. Sphinx

    Sphinx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, I'd be looking more at the combs than at the coloring. Boys definitely have more color, but many black copper marans hens also have copper on them.
     
  7. TheSheriffswife

    TheSheriffswife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 Copper Maran Hens and one has Copper around her neck the other does not. Like the others said their comb develops early in the boys..Turns red and large pretty young. The coloring won't help you..


     

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