decisions, decisions...PHOTOS ADDED- help sexing?

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

  1. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am trying to decide what I want to keep. I got 6 black copper Marans and 3 blue copper Marans chicks that are about 2 months old now. I have two cuckcoo Marans hens and two cuckoo Marans roosters that are about 6 months old and two cuckoo Marans pullets (most likely) that are 2 months old. I also have a trio of black copper chicks that are 3 months old. All I want is a nice assortment of 3-4 each variety, but I'm not sure if I want a blue copper or black copper rooster. I'm pretty sure there is a trio inthe blues (1 rooster and 2 pullets) and there is one of the 2 month old black coppers that is definately a rooster and very nice... feathery legged, getting waddles and comb sooner than everyone else. Any opinions on which ones to keep? Are the blues or blacks any more likely to produce darker eggs?
     
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  2. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I have a few photos and trying to see which are boys and girls. This first is one of an araucana chicklet just because he(she?) is so darn cute and always in the way:

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  3. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Next are three blue copper marans. I think I have a roo and two hens...(?)

    pullet:

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    cockrel:

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  4. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Now, for the black coppers...

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    There are six of those buggers. At least one stands out as a cockrel. He even acts like a rooster already... lounging on the ground and some of the others preen him.

    I think that is him at the end of the roost on the bottom photo and on the left on the top photo. (?) I'm pretty much just going on comb and how they act.
     
  5. kryptoniteqhs

    kryptoniteqhs Rosecomb Rich

    Nov 14, 2008
    Perris, CA
    Quote:your first pullet looks like it could be a cockerel...but i cant tell with the lighting.....it may just be the lighting...your next set of pics is too hard to see .... but i may be able to make some guesses?
     
  6. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My other three should be black coppers, as well. They are a month older. I thought I had one roo and two pullets, but now I'm not so sure. One has a large comband different colored hackles but another one seems to be getting a long tail, too. (?)

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  7. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you got at least 2 roos on the black mob...
     
  8. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmm, yeah, I'm seeing at least two roos in the two month old group, but the 3 month old group still has me somewhat perplexed. I was going to switch coops this week sometime so I was going to get better, individual photos of them when I do. If I only have 3-4 pullets in the lot, I'll be hard pressed to sell them as pairs and end up with just a bunch of surplus roos. Such is as it is with chickens, though. I had thought I might have been lucky to have a higher percentage of hens.

    So, as far as marans go, are blue copper as good to keep for darker eggs as the black coppers?
     
  9. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so I got some newer photos of the (now a week or so older... about 10 weeks old?) chickies:

    *pretty sure*black copper pullet:
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    *pretty sure*black copper pullet:
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    *pretty sure*black copper pullet:
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    *definately*black copper cockrel
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    *probably*black copper cockrel
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    *pretty sure*blue copper pullet
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    *definately*blue copper cockrel
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    *probably*blue copper cockrel
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    These, I am less sure about:
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    most likely, the two in the middle are cockrels. Definately the one on the far left. The one on the right...has the comb and waddles, but does not have the big tail starting. The one in the back has waddles, but not so much of a comb. Sometimes I look and think "pullet" but it also has a big long tail feather. (?)

    The two cuckoos are definately pullets, but I only got a photo of one:
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  10. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    Maine
    Quote:your first pullet looks like it could be a cockerel...but i cant tell with the lighting.....it may just be the lighting...your next set of pics is too hard to see .... but i may be able to make some guesses?

    I agree
     

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