Cuckoo Maran Babies - Gender, Please

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by texas_chick, Feb 28, 2009.

  1. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where is the 'fingers crossed' smilie?!

    Don't burst my bubble...

    Is there a chance these 2 week old Cuckoo Marans are girls?

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    (I just realized I posted the same bird twice the first time around. Now you have two different ones... [​IMG] )
     
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  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    they look awful light [​IMG]

    these were my cockerals
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    eta- pullet pic
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  3. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Interesting! Thanks for posting the pictures. [​IMG]
    Now I'm still not sure. I keep running from the computer to the brooder to compare...

    Mine -viewed from the top- are darker than your light ones, but lighter than your dark ones. [​IMG]

    I'll take a picture from the top.

    I think mine are older too than the ones in your picture. Does the color change as the chick ages? If they get darker as they age then mine probably started out like your light ones.
     
  4. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One more question:
    the two birds seem to be about the same age but one has lots of different sized feathers on her wings and the other has mostly really long wing feathers.
    Does that mean anything?
    I didn't know if Marans have that K gene that allows for feather sexing plus I don't even know if feather sexing still has a role after they're a week old?
     
  5. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 10 right now. By using the "rules" I think I have 50-50. A pic from the top would be good.
     
  6. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay new pics from this morning.
    I guess I have a 50:50 ratio as well?
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    Could be worse I guess. [​IMG]

    Bird 1 (top and side):
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    Bird 2 (top and side):
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    Argh she showed me a slightly bigger one that the breeder was darker with a little white head spot but it had a poopy butt so I chose the second bird instead...
     
  7. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    anybody have any ideas based on the new pictures?
     
  8. cottagegarden

    cottagegarden Eggistentialist

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    pullet chick left
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    pullet chick right
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    @3 week old pullet chick
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  9. cottagegarden

    cottagegarden Eggistentialist

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    Karin, you are going to know for sure real soon b/c they will feather in different colors, males light grey, females black. Chick one has the larger head spot and what looks like lighter coloring coming in on the wings. I am wondering if your flash washed out chick 2, b/c the down does look light
    from the picture, but it doesnt have a real pronounced head spot. Compare the wing feathers of the two chicks in natural light...and the combs on the Roos get pretty big pretty fast.
     
  10. texas_chick

    texas_chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's the thing. I get to exchange the chick for another as soon as I do it soon.
    Which one do you think looks more questionable?
    I didn't use a flash at all. Just sunlight.
     

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