Sex the chicks!
Guess the sex

Dear everyone who got here by Googling “sex” and “chicks”,

a) You’re never going to meet a real girl with real boobs over Google. O.K. you might but she won’t be a quality girl.

and

b)  Maybe what you really need in your life is a hobby. Something to make you feel productive and useful.   Like chickens.

 

Signed,

Karen

 

Now that I’ve addressed the  issue of drop-in porn browsers, let’s get onto the business at hand which is figuring out whether I have boy chickens or girl chickens.  As you know a few weeks ago I went out and bought myself 4 Black Copper Marans chicks.

When you buy chicks called “free run” that means you’re basically getting a handful of feathers that may or may not be girl chickens. You WANT girl chickens because they’re the ones who actually produce food (eggs).  The boy chickens just make a lot of noise, try to boss around the girl chickens and generally do a lot of strutting. They also eat a lot of food.

I’m sure at this very moment you’re seeing the similarities between the chicken world and the human world.  The significant difference being if a Rooster angers you, you can (legally) chop its head off.

I’ve thought from day one that my biggest chick was a hen. Which is the opposite of what you would normally think, but after doing some research on Marans I discovered that (again like humans) the females mature more quickly than the males.

What I think I’m holding onto (much to the chagrin of everyone who was hoping for one of my pullets) is 1 hen and 3 roosters.

One of my chickens isn’t a pure bred Marans, but is a Lavender Orpington / Black Copper Marans cross.  So that one is a bit of a crap shoot because she/her/it will develop differently than the other 3 pure bred Black Copper Marans.

So I’m looking for guesses from you.  What do you think I have?  Girl chickens?  Boy chickens?  Souvlaki?

Allow me to introduce you to chickens 1, 2, 3, and 4.  As you look at the photos try to guess if you think they’ll grow up to be a hen or a rooster.

 

 

 

chick-1

 

Chick-2

 

Chick-3

 

chick-4

 

And here is what I think.

 

 

Karen's-guesses

 

 

Even if you don’t have a clue about chickens take a guess.  I suspect I’ll let you know what I have in about 4 weeks at probably around 5 o’clock in the morning when the cock starts calling.

Google that porn freak.

 

111 Comments

  1. Dana Read says:

    Thanks!

  2. Amy says:

    Karen, if you’re still around… did you ever update with the correct answer?

    • Karen says:

      I cant remember if I updated or not. :/ But I can tell you I was right. There were 3 boys and one girl. I currently have the girl and she’s the broodiest chicken I’ve ever owned. ~ karen!

  3. Tony says:

    With only going by the comb, I suspect you are correct. I bought your three roosters. All still doing great.( still have to send you pics) I just came back from Quebec with almost 30 chick’s. I even have some blue Marans.
    Other breeds I have are ameracauna, rumpless araucans, andalusians, polish and sumatra.

  4. Carolyn says:

    And I thought you could just look at their hoo hoos.

  5. liz1218 says:

    I’d like to know how they turned out. I’m not seeing any posts since July and I’m extremely curious. Thank you

  6. Tina says:

    Thank you Karen! I’ve been isolated from the outside world for three weeks doting over my chicks. So happy to find your post because we’re trying to sex our Marans too. I’m really excited to see how the cross develops (we have lavender orp chicks also). I’m calling mine “my minions” until we sex them.

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