Buying these older chicks friday, are they roo or pullet?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by cdobert, May 25, 2016.

  1. cdobert

    cdobert Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2016
    I want to be more that 90% positive im getting hens, as this is what the seller says they are. Input?
    In the first image i am trying to sex the silkie as well as the white baby in the background (she says splash muran?)
    In the second the golden girl (muran?)
  2. mychickenosa

    mychickenosa Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2016
    i think the white one and the red one are pullets but i don't know about the silkie i need a closer picture of it crest
    ( i am not an expert though )
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon

    The white and red birds are both pullets, but I'm not sure they're Marans. White Marans do exist, but they're pretty rare. I don't think they come in red (in the US, anyway).

    I'm getting a roo-vibe from the silkie. It may simply be in rough condition, but the irregular looking feathers make me think cockerel.
  4. mychickenosa

    mychickenosa Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2016
    i looked it up and there seems to be a red maran
    ( i don't know much of the breed )
  5. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Any idea how old they are? Either way I think the white and red one are pullets. However, I highly doubt they are Marans, unless they are mixes. Marans do come in Splash and they come in White, but I would not call the bird in the picture a Splash from what I can see. Marans also come in a "Brown-Red variety", but that is not a Brown-Red hen. There is no "Red Marans". The other things that have me confused are their combs and their legs. Are they single combs? That is what a Marans would have. Marans (at least French Marans) should also have feathered feet. If not, they should be clean-legged. It looks like the bird in the second picture has some sparse feathers, but not what I would expect for a feather-legged Marans.

    Perhaps the person selling them to you is only going off what they were told by a third party and does not know much about the breed themselves?

    Have you tried googling Splash Marans, or Marans in general to see for yourself what Marans should look like? You could also try posting your pictures to one of the Marans threads on BYC and see what others on there think.

    Sorry. Just giving you my opinion, but I am certainly not an expert either.

    I have no experience with Silkies, so I can't really comment on that.
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  6. Nottingham72

    Nottingham72 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2016
    Stafford Virginia
    I've had Silkies and this does not look like Rooster. I got 5 Roosters and people snatched them when I posted them anyhow. Silkies are a breeze to sell, even Roosters

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