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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 1:14 am 
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I got this chick today and it was a looooooooong drive out to get it and I couldn't get photos before going out there. It's about 4 and a half weeks old. I was told it was a sexed female and it looked like the other chick there, so I just assumed they knew what they were talking about as they also already had an older maran pullet. But after the chick's features played on my mind I did a google and have a real sinking feeling it's a boy. I REALLY love this chick as it's super sweet, please tell me it's a girl? :pray

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:58 am 
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Looks very much like a boy to me....


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:00 am 
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Boy for me too..

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:12 am 
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What colour are the feathers on its legs if they are black it's a boy but if they are lighter then it's a pullet.
Looking at the feathering I would have thought it is a dark clay girl , not enough black feathers to be a boy they are easy to tell after two weeks on the feather colours unless not pure.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 4:13 pm 
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The leg feathers are lighter. But the comb and wattles also really concern me because I'd think that was way too developed for just under 5 weeks old. I'm going to give the guy I got it off a call shortly and ask how he sexed it/why he thinks it's a girl. I desperately want to be wrong about it being a boy.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:28 pm 
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I'm thinking boy....

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:34 pm 
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It's such a shame if it's a boy. It's so sweet, it could very easily be a person's best friend, I reckon! He's so sociable and loves snuggling up on my shoulder. If it's a boy, I hope so badly he finds a good home and is never destined for the pot... :(


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 9:50 pm 
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It would be the first I have seen that colour turn out to be a boy,
I have 3 week old in the brooder they have alot more solid black and the combs are bigger and redder than that .
the only thing is the wattle development but as a wheaten colour I still think it is a female.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 10:54 pm 
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If you're right, I think I may ust have to kiss you, haha! But at least I have some hope now, which I certainly didn't have before. Thanks :-D


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 12:33 pm 
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I've had a few Wheaton Marans roosters now and they each have been the MOST friendliest chickens I have ever had. So that may be a point for behaviour suggesting it's boy…

I purchased 6 chicks around 3 weeks of age - 5 girls and 1 boy. One of the girls despite having very different feathering to the boy purchased ended up being a rooster, but he had a red chest and not a black chest when grown out.

Sorry CupperCake - you may just have a boy… Time will tell all.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 1:10 pm 
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Edit: Argh, I just don't know. I keep convincing myself it's a different gender every time I go look at it... But we need to talk to the seller anyway as both birds we got off them have droppings that tell me something's wrong, quite possibly cocci. I mean, I'd love it if he can somehow prove to me it's going to turn out to be a girl, but at the very least he needs to be made aware that the chick's he's selling aren't completely healthy.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:15 am 
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Its a girl! She will be a slightly darker wheaten in colour. What would be called clay in the other times.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:33 pm 
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So here's an update. It's roughly 6 weeks old now. The comb and wattles have developed a bit more although I don't think very much, but I'm far from an expert when it comes to chick development. At the back and underside it seems to be rather black, but the front and top all seems to be the brown. While I'm still a bit concerned about the gender I'm more hopeful it's a girl now as I was expecting it should have the black strip across the shoulders and a black chest (although it hasn't fully feathered there yet).

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:01 pm 
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Trust Jocler. He is extremely experienced with the breed and all the variations in colouring you'll get in the wheaten range.

Cocci occurs when chicks get stressed. A chick that's just travelled getting a bout of cocci is bog normal, nothing to do with their health leaving the breeder. Don't panic.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:04 pm 
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I think it was a girl, but sadly I came home from the auction today to find her in the process of dying. After about 40-50 minutes on my lap, gasping, she had a few violent fits and passed away. To say I'm devastated is an understatement, and now I'm worried about what disease it could be and if it will get to my other birds...


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