Cuckoo Marans - Hens or Roos

wcstory

Chirping
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Jul 24, 2011
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OK, out of our first hatching I think we got mostly roos, but can you help verify. 1-9 are Marans and 9-12 are Wyandotts

If I understand correctly. Cuckoo Maran Pullets will be darker, Roos will have lighter color with heavier legs. All advice appreciated!

#1 - Roo?



#2 - Roo



#3 - Roo



#4 - ??



#5 - ?



#6 - Pullet



#7 - Pullet



#8 - Pullet



#9 - Pullet



#10 - Roo



#11 - ??



#12 - Pullet



Thanks in advance
 

CochinBrahmaLover

Girl, I'm FABulous
8 Years
Dec 29, 2011
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Well, let me just say they are not all cuckoo marans ;) Pretty birds

Now, I don't know if this works in MARANS, but get a shot of the white dot on their head, usually on barred birds you can tell their sex from that HOWEVER ~ I am not sure if this works on Marans!
 

texas75563

Songster
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Jan 24, 2012
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"With Cuckoo Marans both sexes can have yellow spots on top of the head, but the male chicks have a larger splodgier yellow spot/patch, and the girls have anything from a few bits of yellow fluff to a small spot. It is fairly easy to distinguish between them if you are observing several chicks of each sex. The dark colouring on the boy chicks tends to be a smokey grey/black, whilst the dark colouring on the girls is almost black.
Each sex has a slightly different barring (stripes) pattern.
When they start to feather up the girls look noticably darker due to their stripes being closer together and an even width apart(dark grey/black stripes are the same width as the light grey/white stripes) The boys have a wider margin of white/pale grey between the darker grey stripes giving an overall lighter effect. "

Here are pictures of a pullet and roo cuckoo marans from chick to adult. Side by side for comparison.
http://www.broodyhen.co.uk/ket/fowlnotfoul/MMplus/chicks/maranchicks2000.htm
 

canesisters

Songster
8 Years
Aug 18, 2011
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Virginia
That last one's yellow spot is HUGE! The barring is nicely defined but I'm not real sure about the wing color......
 

Daloorashens

Songster
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Apr 26, 2012
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Nice pics, I have a chick that kind of looks like the ones that are roos, I'm not sure if he's a barred rock or a marans.. That link above is very helpful, too...
 

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