Help sexing black copper marans

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by JDB99, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. JDB99

    JDB99 Chirping

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    I am guessing 1 is a boy, 2 a girl? 3 is almost for certain a boy. Number 1 and 2 I'm unsure of. They are currently 4 weeks old.
     
  2. Crazy for Chickens!

    Crazy for Chickens! Free Ranging

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    1 and 3 are definitely boys. Please wait untl six weeks, for the second one.
     
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  3. JDB99

    JDB99 Chirping

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    Everyone is being kept as I have 25 hens and 6 more young pullets they will get to have.
     
  4. All look like cockerels to me.
     
  5. Spartan22

    Spartan22 Crowing

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    Agree 1 & 3 cockerel #2 debatable
     
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  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Cockerel
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    Cockerel
     
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Out to pasture
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  8. JDB99

    JDB99 Chirping

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    Ive read that black copper marans develop bigger combs earlier on than most other breeds, really would like to have 2 males and 1 female.
     
  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

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    Size and color are 2 different things. In the case of the bird shown it is not so much the amount of comb and wattle development shown by birds 1 and 3 but the color of that development. There are breeds in which pullets will develop reasonable amounts of comb and wattle growth early on, but even in those breeds the color does not develop until the bird is reaching maturity while cockerels develop both size and color of comb and wattle.
     
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  10. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

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    Great explanation!
     
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