Marans keepers, please advise or confirm

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by JHaller, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. JHaller

    JHaller In the Brooder

    Sep 23, 2008
    Austin TX
    One of my Cuckoo Marans looks like a text-book cockeral: silvery feathers, larger comb, wider barring, and pink legs without the shadows on the shanks.

    I need to sell three of these birds, so I don't want to risk misleading potential buyers. I'm also new at chicken raising. They are 26 days old in the photos.



    My questions are:

    1) Do you agree the lighter bird is a cockeral?
    2) Is it possible the darker birds will be cockerals?
    3) Should I let them grow a little more to be sure of their gender?

    Thank you, everyone, for the good information on this forum.

  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    i'd say the lighter is the roo,,like the BR's ,, but i dont have any expierience with that breed,, so dont take my word for it,,,,, and i would say the darker ones will almost 90% of the time be hens.
  3. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    Yep, the light one is a cockerel.
  4. You will have a nice breeding quad. [​IMG]
  5. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Are the cockrels always lighter?
  6. Yep. [​IMG]
  7. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    actually they are not always lighter. Sometimes the cockeral only gets one barring gene which is why it is not 100% accurate to sex this way. Most of the time it is right, but it does happen that you will get a dark roo with the single barring gene. I agree the lighter one is a cockeral, and most likely the others are pullets, but there is the chance......
  8. WOW, thanks! See I learned something new today! [​IMG] Thank you. [​IMG]
  9. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    I learned it on the Yahoo Marans Group [​IMG] .
    OT - Harleys Girl, how is the egg color of your Penedesenca?
  10. They are not laying yet. They hatched in August. But they came from a nice dark egg. And thanks for the info. [​IMG]

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