Gender Bender :)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by ChickCrazed, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. ChickCrazed

    ChickCrazed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out of my three 6 week old Birchen Marans, one is a gender mystery. Picture of her/him is below. He/she is a shrimp, 1/2 the size of both the cockerel and pullet hatchmates. He/she feathered the slowest (including tail and back feathers), and has a comb much smaller than the cockerel, but slightly bigger than the pullet. Comb and wattles are still very pale, like the pullet.

    This is the known cockerel
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    another picture of the known cockerel
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    this is the one I can't tell -comb looks bigger here
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    the unknown gender in the front, pullet in the back
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    unknown gender in the front, pullet in the back, Combs look similar in size and color here.
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  2. Lady of McCamley

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    Looks like a pullet to me....yet....watch and wait. I've heard that the BCM's can have a late blooming roo, although the roo's usually show themselves pretty early.

    Maybe the photos are not showing it well, but it doesn't look terribly poorly sized to me. Just smaller.

    I have 3 BCM's that hatched 5 weeks ago...with a similar situation...one known cockeral, one known pullet (which is noticeably smaller than the others0, and one that I thought could go either way...but several weeks later I'm pretty sure it is a pullet as the comb is still small.

    Here's a photo of my 3...breeder agrees it looks like I will have 1 roo and 2 hens (time will ultimately tell, but I'm feeling pretty confident now as they near 6 weeks):

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  3. ChickCrazed

    ChickCrazed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope we are both that lucky! Your babies look similar to my three with one obvious cockerel, only a couple of weeks behind mine! I was hoping it was two pullets, but then I had someone on the Marans thread say she thought it was just a late bloomer! Nooooooooo!!!!! I'm still hopeful but want some other opinions! I have been nervously watching for signs of a growing comb or chest feather color coming in, and don't see it yet. I still have hope!
     
  4. ChickCrazed

    ChickCrazed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wanted to follow up! at 12 weeks it is official! Two pullets and one cockerel (whose weird comb resolved itself!). I wouldn't have called that one from as long as she took to feather and her slightly larger comb!

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  5. holm25

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    it looks like a pullet
     
  6. Lady of McCamley

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    Congratulations on 2 hens and a roo. Mine were that as well.
     

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