At a young age, she started to develop a comb and wattles. Which made me wonder if she was a boy. So I emailed some people who said that she was a boy. But then I learned that Marans (Poppy is a Cuckoo Marans) are some of the most difficult birds to sex. So I sought out a few people who raise Marans and they said to relax, that Poppy was most likely a girl.
She's one week older than her sisters and noticeably larger than they are which also causes me to take pause. But I relaxed and didn't really think much of it until this week when I was looking at her and noticed that the ends of her tail feathers are starting to curl down, like roosters do.
|Poppy - Boy or Girl?|
Nothing is definitive yet so I'm getting ahead of myself. And I did have a few people email me saying that their Cuckoo Marans rooster doesn't crow. Not a peep. Not sure how that's possible. But if that were the case, I see no reason why I couldn't keep Poppy.
But I do have to admit, I was really looking forward to having Cuckoo Marans eggs in my egg basket. They are dark chocolate brown and just so different from anything I've seen. In a carton with Pumpkin's green eggs, Coco's giant brown eggs and Ginger's brown eggs, I thought that would be so pretty.
|Cuckoo Marans Eggs|