Predicting Genders in Black Copper Marans x EE Chicks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Dangaloo, Feb 7, 2015.

  1. Dangaloo

    Dangaloo Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] Hello there! I'm a newbie and seeing how different chicks grow and progress on here has helped me out a lot in trying to predict genders of my own chickies. I'm adding my chicks to the mix for some feedback and once it's all said and done, maybe this thread will help somebody else out there [​IMG]

    I recently brought home four, 2 day old Black Copper Marans x EE chicks and as difficult as it was to guess genders early on, they seemed to develop quickly enough to see noticeable comb/wattle differences between weeks 1 and 2. My suspected pullet's comb has always been very dark gray and barely raised while the suspected cockerels had much larger yellow combs for the whole second week and this morning (at exactly 2 wks old) I noticed pink wattles coming in and pink at the base of their combs as well. Behavior (chest bumping, pushy vs quieter, submissive) has also played a part in my gender predictions.

    Here they are at 1 wk old:
    Chickie #1 (aka Wonka) is the most outgoing and fearless of the four.
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    Chickie #2 (aka Toblerone) is a bit pushy with the others
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    Chickie #3 (aka Godiva) is the most timid, notice her dark gray comb?
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    Chickie #4 (aka Ghirardelli) and Emma the nosy Aussie :) This chick has always had a very "proud" stance.
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    Now at 2 wks old:
    Wonka has the fastest feather growth of the group, which I thought was more typical of a pullet, but you can see he also now has very obvious pink wattles starting and his large comb is turning pink at the base.
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    Toblerone is not as obvious, but clearly has pink wattles coming in and his comb continues to grow
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    Godiva is the sweet, calm one of the bunch. Her comb is still small and grayish, no wattles to speak of.
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    Ghirardelli is the smallest chick and has the slowest feather development (only one still with no tail feathers). He also has small pink wattles starting and a relatively bigger comb.
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    My money is on 3 cockerels (Wonka, Toblerone, Ghirardelli) and 1 pullet (Godiva). I will try to post an update later on in their development. I kinda hope I'm wrong and end up with at least two pullets... [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2015
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm also thinking that your have three cockerels. But, it's too young to be absolutely certain yet.
     
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  5. Dangaloo

    Dangaloo Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the feedback, sounds like everybody is on the same page so far [​IMG]
    We are now at the 3 week mark and the chickies have started to enter the awkward stage [​IMG]
    At this point, my gender predictions remain the same since Godiva seems to be the only one not developing significant comb/wattles and her feet are relatively smaller than the 3 suspected cockerels'...

    Wonka, the leader of the pack
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    Godiva, the suspected lone pullet
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    Ghirardelli, the proud one
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    And Toblerone, the smallest of the group
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  6. Dangaloo

    Dangaloo Out Of The Brooder

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    We've entered the 4th week and I think it's safe to say who's who at this point. The boys have bright red combs/wattles and are getting nice copper coloring in the head/hackles/chest while my lone pullet still only has a tiny comb and barely a touch of copper on her hackles. I'd be surprised to find out otherwise...

    Wonka: cockerel
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    Godiva: pullet
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    Ghirardelli: cockerel
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    Toblerone: cockerel
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  7. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I do believe you're right, I'd be comfortable seconding gender on those guys.
     
  8. Dangaloo

    Dangaloo Out Of The Brooder

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    Week 5 and the chickies are looking more like grown up chickens and less like chicks! With what appears to be 3 roosters in the bunch, I'm starting to consider which cockerel I will keep and which two will likely be culled. I mostly just want a roo to look after my hens in the yard and maybe later hatch a couple eggs if I decide to expand the flock. I'm torn between choosing to keep the biggest and friendliest (Wonka) or the best plumage and most dominant (Toblerone) or the best looking comb and lean stature (Ghirardelli). Any advice on what traits in a young cockerel work out better in the long run would be greatly appreciated!!


    Wonka...with my 8 wk old Cream Legbar cross, Cadbury, in the background :)
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    Godiva
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    Ghirardelli
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    Toblerone
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