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Roo, really? post 1 pics = 9 weeks, post 4 pics = 11 weeks

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by sarafrog, May 17, 2009.

  1. sarafrog

    sarafrog Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd love to hear an experienced person's opinion of the sex of my 9-week-old Blue Jersey Giant and Cuckoo Maran (mostly the Maran...I'm pretty sure the Jersey is a pullet). Thanks!
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  2. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    I think the maran is a roo. It has a different tail shape, and a much lighter color than my adult hens. Its comb and wattles are also very big for that age. My hen's were practically no existant until a few weeks before they began laying at 6 months.
     
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  3. sarafrog

    sarafrog Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I'm afraid of...I was sure the Maran was a pullet until I found another home for the other Maran I had (same hatch) which was definitely a cockerel. The next day, this one started making crowing-like sounds in the morning and the comb and wattles have grown a bit more. The other Maran showed his comb and wattles at about 3-4 weeks and began trying to crow at 6 weeks and this one looked very much like a pullet at that time. Time will tell but if the crowing persists I won't be able to keep this one regardless of sex. [​IMG]
     
  4. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Hmm...that Maran looks a lot mine. None of mine are making crowing sounds though, not even the obvious rooster!
     
  5. sarafrog

    sarafrog Out Of The Brooder

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    Here are some new pics of my Cuckoo Maran (I'm afraid is a cockerel) and my blue Jersey Giant. Both were hatched 3/12 and are just over 11 weeks old. I'd like confirmation of sex from some more experienced chicken keepers. I can't keep roosters so I need to re-home the Maran if it is indeed a "he." I'm pretty sure the Jersey is a pullet but would like feedback on her as well. Thanks, BYCers!

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  6. sarafrog

    sarafrog Out Of The Brooder

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    Please help if you can. I don't mean to be impatient but the sex of this Maran will dictate whether or not I can adopt a BO hen in need of a home. I have a friend who will be happy to take this Maran if it is indeed a roo... Thanks!
     
  7. sarafrog

    sarafrog Out Of The Brooder

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    Do I need to post different pics? If so, please let me know what areas to highlight. I tried to show heads, tail shape, hackle, and saddle areas. Both have little spur buds but it sounds like that is not a reliable indicator of anything. Thanks!
     
  8. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    It looks like a roo, judging by tail feathers. I thought that Marans roos were lighter grey than hens, though. I'm not 100% sure. by this age, it should be crowing if it's a roo. I've never had Marans, so maybe someone else will have more wisdom.
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  9. sarafrog

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    I don't have any other Marans to compare it with anymore. I got 2 as day-olds and the first was definitely a roo and re-homed at 8 weeks. This one looked very pullet-ish until I re-homed the roo and then it began changing in looks and behavior. Now it looks the way it does and crows inconsistently...not every day. I'm afraid it may be a subordinate roo that blossomed when its competition was removed.

    I just want to be sure before I re-home it...but now in a bit of a hurry because a BYCer who lives near me has a BO hen that she can't keep. If this Maran is a roo, he's off to a new home and the BO will take his place...if the Maran is a pullet, she stays.
     
  10. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

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    If it is crowing, it is a rooster. Hens do sometimes crow, but it's normally older hens that are having hormone issues.
     

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