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Week Old Black Copper Marans Chicks - Sexing by Feather color? Pictures added!

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by SewChaos, May 2, 2012.

  1. SewChaos

    SewChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2012
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
    I have 2 straight run one week old black copper marans chicks. Today I noticed that while they both have the same amount of wing feathers, one has copper-y color specks in the new itty-bitty feathers while the other one's wings are solid black. Does this mean I have one of each? Or is it too early to tell what I have? I tried to take pictures but they didn't turn out.

    Last edited: May 8, 2012
  2. Greenskeeper

    Greenskeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2010
    Bethel, NC
    I can usually tell as soon as he crows, but not before.

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  3. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2011
    Knee Deep
    it could mean that as the roos of this breed get the copper color sooner than the hens and in more areas than just the neck. Now this doesnt mean that the other is a hen
  4. SewChaos

    SewChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2012
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
    Thanks, I figured it was way too early to tell, but I thought I'd ask. :)
  5. mamapoppybee

    mamapoppybee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2012
    dose sexing maran chicks differ by the kind of maran. i have wheatens blue wheatens black coppers golden cukoos reg cukoos and have two black tailed buffs can you please advise me on this?
  6. SewChaos

    SewChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2012
    Cottage Grove, Oregon
    I did a chick photo shoot. Here are pictures of my two week old Black Copper Marans.

    After reading a bunch of different threads here, I think maybe I have one of each?


    The one I think is the boy is facing the camera.


    The girl is in the foreground, the boy looking up. The one I think is a boy has shorter, coppery wings and no tail feathers yet. He's also a bit smaller than the other.



    Opinions? Or still too early to tell?
  7. greengravy

    greengravy Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 13, 2012
    I think the same thing. That does look like a little cockerel and the other a pullet. but, I'm no expert, sometimes I'm right sometimes I'm not... [​IMG]
  8. Spring Chook

    Spring Chook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2009
    slow developing tail feathers are usually sign that its a boy. I have 4 black copper marans chicks who are 3 weeks old, I am fairly certain 2 are boys and one still doesnt have any tail feathers. Also, their combs and wattles are redder & far more developed than the other two. Watch the combs of your two carefully, that will give you an better idea soon.
  9. Jazzchick

    Jazzchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    okay.... same boat.... sexing my marans from a hatch.... all info on sexing really iffy....lol everyone seems to have had exceptions to the guess based on ???? feet beak size feathering marks on face color on body... ect ect....

    let us know if you were right on your sexing... based on ???

    Thanks Patricia
  10. Jazzchick

    Jazzchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    update please..... with pix..... [​IMG]

    Trying to sex my bcm's right now....

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