could she be a he??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Leah S, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. Leah S

    Leah S Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    Got 2 silver cuckoo marans that were born on Aug. 1st. Are they a larger breed? They literally tower over my other girls and getting bigger than my 2 year olds (RIRs and an EE). This AM I went out to let them out and I hear one of my Marans crowing!! There s/he was, making all sorts of racket just as the sun was rising. Could it be that maybe she was just being noisy? It's the first time I 've heard it other then when s/he was separated from the flock. S/he was flapping it's wings and very loud. Stands out in memory since it was such a display that the others have never shown.
    the other maran is very quiet, but also huge. They don't "look" like boys, but I am still fairly new and not 100% what I am looking for.
    What do youthink?
    I would post pictures, but the camera is on the fritz.
  2. Leah S

    Leah S Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    one more thing. They BOTH have lovely tail feathers. long and quite showy. All my other girls have small tails. The more i think about it the more nervous I am since we cannot have roosters [​IMG]
  3. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    pics, please! [​IMG]
  4. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2009
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    That is nerve-wracking, isn't it. I have one, hatched Aug 26, I was sure to be a boy... but s/he hasn't uttered a peep. By this age all my previous boys would have been crowing their fool heads off. It starts with a rusty-gate squeak and grows bigger and crowier by the day.

    So take some photos and let us see what they both look like. Hope it's a girl.

  5. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    At three and half months the difference between the two should be noticeable. It implies you've two roosters if they are similar looking and one is crowing. Cockerel signs to look for are large comb and wattles, sickle tail feathers, pointed hackle (neck) feathers, saddle feathers and of course crowing. Cock-a-doodle-doo or more accurately erack-er-aroo sounds not the "berock" hen sound.

    You'll have to borrow a camera and post a pic if your not sure what to look for.
  6. Leah S

    Leah S Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    ok, here are some pictures

    in the first one, the chicken in the back:

    in the second, the chicken in the front:

    hope you can see the pictures!
  7. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

    Jun 27, 2008
    Southeast AR
    Yes, those are both roosters. The long, curved tail feathers give them away.
  8. JPinVT

    JPinVT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2010
    Those are boys. My cuckoo marans pullets are about 3 months older thans yours and have MUCH smaller combs and wattles. Your boys also have male coloring, hackles, saddles, and tails [​IMG]
  9. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    You're right, they are a heavy breed chicken, but you've got two roosters there. Aww, darn!
  10. Leah S

    Leah S Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 13, 2011
    : (
    what do I do now?!? I ordered sexed chickens and was looking forward to those dark eggs (hopefully will start selling eggs in the spring time). can I call the hatchery and see if I can get girls, it was my pet chicken.
    I only have 10 chickens total, so that's too few girls for two roosters, right?
    oh, I am so sad right now. was hoping that they were really big girls with showy tails.
    well, my husband has been asking for chicken and dumplings lately.........

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