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Cuckoo Marans - Hens or Cockerels?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by geomunn, May 28, 2012.

  1. geomunn

    geomunn New Egg

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    Hello everyone,
    I recently incubated 12 eggs, 6 Silkie and 6 Cuckoo Maran. Just my luck, only one hatched. I now have one lonely Cuckoo Maran chick with only me to look after her.
    Anyway, the only thing that could make this any worse would be if this one chick is a cockerel.
    So, I've added a few photos can anyone say what gender this lone chick is.
    Thanks

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  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    It's very early.

    So far it looks like a girl, but boys look the same at this age. :/
     
  3. questions543

    questions543 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes, with this breed you will have to wait longer to get a good guess. At the momment I'd GUESS rooster but I've never had this breed so...
     
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  4. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    Cuckoo Marans are one of the 2 varieties of Marans that can be sexed at hatch, boys will have a white spot on the head like this male chick does and girls do not have the spot. Hope this helps. Congrats on your hatch.
     
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  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Marans all have dots on their heads. They are sexed similarly to the barred rock.
     
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  6. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

     
  7. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    No, Marans do not all have dots on their heads.......but I suppose, I should have said that some female Cuckoo's can have spots on their heads, but they (the spots) are not as big or prominent as the male spots. This is what is so nice about sex linking or the barring gene....male and female indicators at such a young age are a bonus.
    Now having said that.......sometimes male Cuckoo chicks might only get 1 copy of the barring gene and not 2, which in case will cause the male to be colored like that of a female when it is maturing and when he is fully mature, so this might could cause some sexing confusion at hatch....but all in all Cuckoo females should have no spots or very small ones at that.
     
  8. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I have never heard that. I understand that a pullet will have a much smaller head dot, but I have been trying to find proof of what you are saying (pictures) and I have come up with nothing. All have dots. :/
     
  9. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    Aoxa~ You could be very right. I will check with some Cuckoo breeders and get their opinions and back to you. I always thought they wouldn't have the dot. I am not an expert with Cuckoo's by any means. :)
     
  10. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Thanks :) I don't mean to come off as rude, I'm just curious.

    If I'm wrong, I apologize for the confusion. I just always thought they would be similar to the barred rock/dominique and have just a small head dot.
     

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