Is this chick a Marans?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MustangChick, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. MustangChick

    MustangChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I had a previous post about a strange chick that chowed up in a lot of Marans chicks that I bought at Tractor Supply. I was lucky in that it was a lovely Gold Lace Wyandotte. This chick was also in the same batch. I'm wondering if it is a Marans, or some odd breed, as well. I've taken a picture next to one of the obvious Marans. The chick is 6 1/2 wks old here. If you have a guess on the breed or sex, please feel free to venture it.[​IMG]

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    Its feathers shine green and purple (iridescent) in the sun.
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm not sure if it's a maran, but it is a rooster.
     
  3. MustangChick

    MustangChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, well, great:/ But, if you compare it to the one behind it in the bottom picture...I still hold out a little hope;) The combs on that one and another in the lot are reeeeally big and pink, comparatively. But, you're probably right[​IMG]
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Sorry.[​IMG]
     
  5. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    Not a Marans....Marans should have copper eyes.

    And watch it....that's a lot of comb for 6 1/2 weeks...*could* be early maturing girl, more likely male. A couple of more weeks should give you a good idea.

    Your bird may be an Australorp.

    LofMc
     
  6. MustangChick

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    Lesson of the day: Be careful when purchasing straight run from TS...out of 6 birds, only 4 seem to be what they claimed. It's ok, though. I like them all - I'm not picky. Although the 3:3 split of roos to hens isn't as appealing[​IMG] Thanks to both of you for your input:)
     
  7. Lady of McCamley

    Lady of McCamley Overrun With Chickens

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    That's actually expected odds for straight run...which means shipped without sexing. You get about 50/50. And feed store lots are notorious for being inaccurately sorted.

    Hatchery sexing of chicks is about 90% accurate...and I've held that pretty much. 1 roo out of 10 birds, although, when you get unlucky I've also gotten 2 roos out of 2 chicks.

    Next time, if you want to assure females, get the sex links (look at photos first so you know what you should be buying).

    Enjoy your flock.
    LofMc
     
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  8. mg15

    mg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. MustangChick

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    I guess I'll wait a few weeks to see if it starts growing feathers on its feet, then. Right now, the feet and legs are just mostly black. Thanks for the link:)
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    maybe be Black Australorp if clean footed
     

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