What is the best age to sex marans chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by doubleatraining, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 7 marans chicks that I got as straight run. They are about 4-5 weeks old now and I can already tell that 1 will probably be a rooster. What age should I take pictures and ask the advice of the all knowing on here? LOL
     
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  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Right now.



    Also it's Marans with an S, plural or not [​IMG]




    If they're Cuckoos the easiest time to sex them is at 1 day old to 2 weeks old.
     
  3. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OOOH Ok I will add pictures to the list today. LOL

    Thanks for the correction!

    They aren't cuckoo I have 3 Splash, 2 BCM, and 2 blue copper.
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    If you see comb differences now, those are your boys. I always sex my BCM's around this age, as the boys' combs are already getting prominent.
     
  5. doubleatraining

    doubleatraining Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I think I lucked out. I'll have to compare the pictures because they are usually running around too fast but I know for sure that I have a BCM roo. Cross your fingers thats the only boy.....
     
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    It happens [​IMG] My last batch had only one boy among several girls.
     
  7. mama24

    mama24 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 6 week old batch, I have 1 boy and 2 or 3 girls. I can't remember how many I have. I know only 1 boy, though. He's huge. My speckled Sussex boy is also huge compared to the girls! SO funny how some breeds are almost impossible to tell for a long time, then there are breeds you can be pretty sure pretty early on! I also have some Exchequer Leghorns and Blue Andalusians. The boys aren't any bigger in size, but wow, those combs are big!
     

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