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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 2:48 pm 
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I've been told you can sex wheaten marans around two weeks old. Currently with my uneducated guess, I think I have 4 pullets and a cockerel [number 2] but could just be wishful hoping. Here are photos of my five, what do people think?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:01 pm 
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Gee looks like you're right!
Way to go ..... Any tips? :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:08 pm 
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Chelley wrote:
Gee looks like you're right!
Way to go ..... Any tips? :wink:

:lol: I wish! I ended up with 5 hens from 14 last year... :bolt:

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:04 pm 
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Marans can be sexed as soon as the wing feathers come in. Males have a dark band, girls have pale brown. It gets a bit trickier when the feathers get longer and then, by about 4 weeks, it's very clear which is which.

Based on that, I think 1 and 2 are boys, 3 and 4 are girls, and oddly enough 5 is hard to tell because of the down but I have a nasty suspicion it's another boy. :(

Happy for more experienced people to chime in though. I tend not to see many before about 8 weeks.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 23, 2011 9:31 pm 
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I would think that only #2 is a cockerel chick based on how mine looked. The dark coloured shoulder feathering is also indicative, compared to the reddish brown shoulders on the pullets. I managed to get 5 pullets and 3 cockerels from 12 purchased eggs...very happy with that!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:38 am 
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Also noticed today that all but number 2 have started to get their chest feathers.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:15 am 
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I agree with infoaddict. 1,2 and i think 5 are boys and i also have a asneaking suspicion that number 4 may also be a boy. Please keep us updated as its always helpful having pics for reference and I like to be proved wrong LOL. You will love them and dont ever leave the front door open as there normally the first to come in and have a stroll around the house :rofl:
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:00 pm 
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Right where you have your thumb in EVERY photo is the best patch of feathering to judge by . Much darker here for the males.
Edit so 4 is adefinate female and 2 a definate male . Can't tell with the rest because of the thumb .
Don't be confussed with the wing feathering this can be anything ,and IF you could tell by this , you could sex 3 days since wings have reasonable feathering by then


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 12:18 pm 
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So, Martin, you are basically looking at the feathers on the shoulder?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 2:27 pm 
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EXACTLY :wink: :biggrin: and the reason for looking at the shoulder feather is that "clay " females sometimes have a dark band through the wing . The clays being a lot darker than the wheaten females but are produced sometimes from the normal wheatens .


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:11 pm 
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little bit longer and it looks like the guys are wearing a dark jacket..... it becomes very very obvious!

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:29 am 
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Alrighty, got some overhead photos, but missed the one time the 5 Marans were all standing in a row! The other chicks are araucanas.

Suspected male is in the top corner.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:22 am 
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I'm still going with 1 cockerel and 4 pullets! Well done with your hatch ratio!


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 10:28 am 
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1 cockerel , 4 ladies

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:33 pm 
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Easy to see one male ( with the black shoulders ) and 4 females ( note that 2 females have dark and one with small black flecks on the shoulders , these will be the clays I mentioned earlier .) All you have to do now is keep them alive ( they tend to pick up any and everything going around )


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