Need Help with Breed (BR vs Maran) and Sex! Possibly Age Too!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by mrsdee, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. mrsdee

    mrsdee Songster

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    Hi All,

    First time poster here! I bought a group of chicks a couple weeks ago from a local feed store. I had intentions of buying 2 Barred Rocks, 2 Easter Eggers, 1 White Leghorn, and 1 Golden Laced Wyandotte. I ended up with all of the following except I was sold "Black" Marans instead of Easter Eggers. Since these were my first chicks, I didn't know the difference between the two chicks looks. Now I can't tell the difference between the barred rocks and the marans! I also have a suspicion that a few are cockerels.

    I have read all the threads I can find on the differences between the two breeds. There are characteristics that I can see but I guess what I'm struggling with is leg color and plumage. It seems like 3 birds have pinkish legs but I've heard that in hatchery quality birds leg color may not be true or change with time.

    Here are pics of the birds in question.

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    Suspected BR pullet ^^^

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    Suspected BR gender questionable ^^^

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    Same bird as above, better feather shot ^^^


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    Suspected Maran gender questionable ^^^

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    Same bird as above, better feather shot ^^^

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    Suspected Maran cockerel ^^^

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    Both suspected Marans together, suspected cockerel in front ^^^

    All birds should be about 3 weeks but they were not day old chicks when I bought them so I don't know their age for sure. Anyone have any ideas based on how they look?

    Thanks!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    They are too young to tell sex yet. Barred rocks will have yellow legs, and Maran will have pink legs. I haven't seen incorrect leg color ever on a barred rock.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree
     

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