What sex? Cuckoo Marans

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by DawnMarie74, Aug 25, 2010.

  1. DawnMarie74

    DawnMarie74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just ordered a batch of chicks from Ideal. Two are supposed to be feather legged cuckoo maran pullets. From what I gather, they are easy to sex, as the boys have a larger spot on the head and are lighter. The girls, small dot and are darker. Is it possible to have a female that fits the boys description? I hope so. I will be so disappointed to have a male. Let me know what you think, your opinions are greatly appreciated.

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    Last edited: Aug 25, 2010
  2. crash0330

    crash0330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you got a roo, like you said cucko males are lighter than females, also females have darker legs than boys do. hatcheries warranty 90% accuracy on baby chicks not 100%.
     
  3. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That light one is looking very boyish. There's much more white that you would see on a pullet.
     
  4. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    It looks like you have a pair. [​IMG] I had Cuckoo Marans last year and my 2 chicks looked very similar to yours, the female was much darker and the male was much lighter in his barring.
     
  5. DawnMarie74

    DawnMarie74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for your replies. What a disappointment being the large dot on his head seemed to be a dead giveaway.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    The one on the right is a boy.
     
  7. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had one that broke all the sexing chick rules. [​IMG]
     
  8. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

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    Quote:How? Please explain? [​IMG]
     
  9. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is just a few "rules" I have gathered. By no means written in stone. [​IMG]
    Rules for sexing barred chicks.
    Males Larger, splotchy head spot
    Lighter, silvery/grayish color
    No or little black down leg fronts

    Females More defined and smaller headspot
    Down is very dark
    Dark wash down the front of legs
    This was gathered from other members of BYC. I've tried it and it seems to work.[​IMG]
     

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