Marans~ boys or girls?

Mrs.Megan

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These blue birchen Marans are 6 weeks. I asked for gender clues a few weeks ago but I wanted to see what you all thought now that they are a bit older.

chick #1
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Chick #2
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Chick #3 (two different pictures of her/him)
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Then this photo has chick #4 ~obvious cockerel and #5, which I also think is a cockerel (and an autosexed smaaland pullet):
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Let me know what you think. I'm still trying to rehome the one sure cockerel so it'd be nice to rehome all the boys at once...
thanks for your help!
 

Compost King

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I have marans in the brooder about their age, in summer they would be out of the brooder by now. Mine were Maran Sex Links (BCM x Cuckoo) and I kept one of the males. The males develop their Roo Comb so soon that even if he didn't have a white dot on his head I can tell with this breed the first week. Although sometimes a cockerel Maran will develop late but not very often. I only had one male maran develop late and he had a serious leg injury which may have been the reason why he didn't develop a comb right away.
 

Mrs.Megan

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Sep 10, 2018
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I’d say chick 1 and 3 are hens, not sure about chick 2. The crown is more pronounced - looks more cockerel than hen. We are having the same problem with one of our turkens.
chick 2 is confusing me too... but I agree that it's looking more cockerel too.
I need a pic of whole bird, standing sideways to tell.
It's raining buckets here but when the weather is better, I'll post some better full bodied shots.
the large comb chick is a male, the other 2 could go either way but I was a betting man I would bet they are pullets.
I hope you are right~ I'd love to have 2 Marans:love
 

chickengr

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These blue birchen Marans are 6 weeks. I asked for gender clues a few weeks ago but I wanted to see what you all thought now that they are a bit older.

chick #1
img_7822-jpeg.1598094

Chick #2
img_7829-jpeg.1598103


Chick #3 (two different pictures of her/him)
img_7877-jpeg.1598096
img_7875-jpeg.1598104

Then this photo has chick #4 ~obvious cockerel and #5, which I also think is a cockerel (and an autosexed smaaland pullet):
img_7839-jpeg.1598106

Let me know what you think. I'm still trying to rehome the one sure cockerel so it'd be nice to rehome all the boys at once...
thanks for your help!


#4 cockerel for sure
#5 needs better picture (if the wattles are red it is a boy)
#2 has pale wattles. I had a chick like that and it turned out to be a girl with somewhat bigger comb and wattles.

from these pictures it seems you might have 1 or 2 boys. please post a better pic from #5.
 

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