Chicken Sexing Tips

Copper Marans Sexing Tips

“Marans” is always spelled with an “s” at the end, both in the singular and the plural. And the “s” is always silent. It is pronounced “Maran” in both the singular and the plural.

Copper Marans chicks can often be sexed as early as 4-6 weeks old. However, there are instances where females may develop comb and wattles as early as 4 weeks. To ensure accuracy, it’s best to wait until the chicks are at least 6 weeks old before determining their sex with certainty.

Male Copper Marans chicks exhibit an early development of a larger comb with a subtle pink undertone. Please note that the difference in feather color is not associated with their sex. Hatched from fertile eggs – Copper Marans breeding pen

Male chicks exhibit early development of bright pink wattles.

Some female chicks may develop wattles and combs at an early age, which can be misleading. However, this growth tends to slow down as they mature compared to males, whose wattles and combs grow rapidly, becoming brighter and larger with each passing day.

These photos were taken 4 weeks after with exact same birds. Boy has way more developed comb and wattles compare to his sister.

Males develop saddle feathers in front of the tail and copper feathering on the wings.

Hens will develop a comb around laying age, but they won’t have saddle feathers or copper feathers on the wings.

The sexing tips provided on the website are based on our experiences with offspring from our specific bloodlines. Each bloodline carries its own unique genetics, leading to variations in traits and development rates. Therefore, we advise using our suggestions as general guidelines only.

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