Sexing Marans crosses (olive eggers)

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by morbius18, Jan 2, 2016.

  1. morbius18

    morbius18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out of my last hatch of golden cuckoo marans, I noticed the my pullets were waaay slower feathering in than the cockerals. I did a cross with some easter eggers I noticed the 2 week old chicks are showing 2 distinct tail lengths. Is this an accurate way to sex chicks or is it just the Marans breed specific?

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  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Was the Marans the father or mother?
     
  3. morbius18

    morbius18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Rooster was the marans, so no sex links here. I did end up with a mystery white one though.
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  4. morbius18

    morbius18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For reference, here are the golden cuckoos from a previous hatch. There are two pullets on the left with considerably less feathering and no tail feathers than the 2 cockerals. This was taken at 1 month of age.
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  5. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Of my Easter Eggers, I had a cockerel and one pullet that feathered in quickly, and one that was a bit slower to feather in. My Easter Egger mixes, black sexlinked, all feathered in at about the same rate.
     
  6. morbius18

    morbius18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wondering if it is a marans thing. The marans cockerals started getting red combs at 2-3 weeks too.
     
  7. junebuggena

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    Now that's something that might carry with these mixes. If the father is fast maturing, it's likely his chicks will also be quick to mature.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    very interesting
     

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