boy vs. girl Cuckoo Marans

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chickhick, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Chickhick

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    I've read that Cuckoo Marans are sexable at hatch... how can you tell the boys from the girls?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Medicine Man

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    girls will generally be a darker shade of black overall and have a black stripe running down the front of the shanks. [​IMG]
     
  3. Chickhick

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    Thanks! I can't tell a difference in the shade of black yet, as they aren'y fully dry and fluffy yet, but 1 of the 4 does have a black stripe up the front of her shanks, so I'm guessing 3 boys and a girl so far.
     
  4. FarmGirl01

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    I got this information on another thread. I copied it down. Here it is.

    Males-- larger, splotchy headspot; lighter, silvery-grayish color: little to no black down leg front.

    Females-- More defined and smaller headspot; down is very black, dark wash down the front of legs.

    This info helped me greatly. It was 100% correct for me. Good luck and conjrats on the chicks.[​IMG]
     
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  5. TheSpiceGirls

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    This is a photo of my Cuckoo Marans chick when he was about two weeks old. He was sexed to be a she but as all my chicks grew up, it was clear, she was really a he.

    And here's a photo of him when he's about 5 weeks old. His legs and feet were noticably larger than the other girls.

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    Sadly, I had to re-home him. Which was a very sad day for me. I have a small back yard and only have space for 4 chickens so to lose one was tough. And I was so looking forward to those chocolate eggs.

    Good Luck with your Cuckoo's. They are BEAUTIFUL birds.
     
  6. TheSpiceGirls

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    And I have a ton of photos of him when he was a chick. If you want to see more, ping me and I'll forward those.
     
  7. Chickhick

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    Thanks for the pic of your boy... I've changed what I think... now I think 2 are boys and 2 are girls. One of the ones I was counting as a boy had a little dark on her shanks so I was on the fence with her. But looking at the spots on their heads I've decided she must be a girl, too. If only the Light Sussex could be sexed as easily!! [​IMG]
     
  8. RAREROO

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    These are pure Barred Rock chicks but it works the same way for Cuckoo Marans and most other pure barred breeds when a Homozygous barred roo is used. The males are lighter and look more "frosted"

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  9. FarmGirl01

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    Really good photos.[​IMG]
     
  10. Medicine Man

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    Yes, that is a really excellent pair of photos to show the differences, Clint.
     

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