Hens or roosters...and what colour?!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by arr36, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. arr36

    arr36 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've hatched some French Copper Black Marans eggs I bought online. 3 hatched - one mostly black chick and two which were yellow. The breeder told me this was a "wheatens throwback". The birds are now 20 weeks old and I can't work out a) what sex they are yet or b) what colour way the two brown ones are - they look too dark for wheatens. The black chick had the earliest comb development. Any help appreciated! No signs of eggs or crowing yet from anyone. [​IMG][/IMG][/IMG][/IMG]
     
  2. arr36

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  3. arr36

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    Here s/he is...any ideas? [​IMG]
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    They are all female. The supposed wheaten ones don't look wheaten to me. They look more like a mixed color.
     
  5. arr36

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    Thanks! Gosh I was thinking at best 1 female and 2 males (their combs are all more developed than the Buff Orpingtons they hatched with - and I think those guys are 2 females and 1 male). We were planning to start a breeding programme at some point so I guess we may need to add the brown ones to the general laying flock and find a copper black rooster from elsewhere to pair up with the black girl. I'm surprised, the black one had a comb visible super young.
     
  6. arr36

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    Well, we've had two dark brown eggs this morning. Exciting! [​IMG]
     
  7. corewassen87

    corewassen87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could you share a picture of the eggs?
     
  8. arr36

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    One is noticeably darker and a bit speckled, the other is uniform in colour
     
  9. corewassen87

    corewassen87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow those are really nice! Thanks so much for taking the time. I hAve 24 bcm's in the brooder and I can't wait for eggs of my own from them so I just had to see yours. Again, thanks for the time [​IMG]
     
  10. arr36

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    I'm pleased! Good luck with yours! Next week we're going to get a rooster for our girls, and hopefully can get some more chicks. I haven't figured out who is laying which eggs yet, and I'm interested to see what the third one produces. Enjoy your babies :)
     

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