Cuckoo Marans - Hens or Roos

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by wcstory, May 22, 2012.

  1. 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?

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    #2 - Roo

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    #3 - Roo

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    #4 - ??

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    #5 - ?

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    #6 - Pullet

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    #8 - Pullet

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    #9 - Pullet

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    #10 - Roo

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    #12 - Pullet

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    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Wow, Nice looking babies. I have BCM chicks, but they were more obvious at that age. I really can't tell. I would just have to say to be patient and wait a few more weeks.
     
  3. I forgot to say this crew was hatched 5/5/12

    We have a dozen plus BCMs from local BYC member Arielle in the incubator, day 10.
     
  4. 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!
     
  5. texas75563

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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
     
  6. Great link!
     
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    Here's some head shots

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  8. canesisters

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    That last one's yellow spot is HUGE! The barring is nicely defined but I'm not real sure about the wing color......
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  9. I'm almost certain the last one is a male. We named him Fred. Two years old, 22 pounds and still growing.
     
  10. Daloorashens

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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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