Purebred Black Copper Marans Juveniles Dark Egg Layer Breeder Culls North Calif.
Will Ship To: California only
We have some nice Black Copper Marans juvenile breeder's culls available. It is our line of Bev Davis and Wade Jeane crossed for color and darker eggs.
We are breeding toward SOP, and dark egg color as well. The juvies are nice- type has been extremely good. We've had nicely balanced coloring on older siblings. Mom and Dad are in the meadow photo.
Momma's egg color has been running about a 6 on the Maran's egg color chart, which is a nice color, and has been stable (Shown is her first egg, and eggs she laid as of May.).
We have to be picky to select our next years breeders, so some young must be removed- however, I felt these are just too nice just to cull, and should go to someone building a flock. We have pullets, and a bunch of cockerels around 1- 1 1/2 months old. They are living outside now.
The main issue I'm culling for is a tad bit of reddish feather mossiness in juvenile feathering (look at the side view of the single pullet.). We have previously test mated every one of our breeders for Wheaten, and all have tested out clean... So, this mossiness expression is overcoloring- a juvenile feathering phenomenon that goes away in the adult feathering. (No Wheaten.) I will eventually work this expression completely out.
Most of the pullets get pretty hackle color and long, solid bodies. The males usually have balanced color with little to no halo. Shank feathering is usually very good, a few may have a middle toe stub... however, it is better to have a bit more than not enough.
One could potentially breed these little ones, as adults should color out fine. You would choose the best from your group, get many feet on the ground, and then just select out any mossy chicks to cull.
Anyway, Juvies are $10. each- priced fairly as PQ although I believe they are better than that. I suggested if you are interested in cockerels, make sure to have plenty on hand--at least three, so you can cull down to the best. This is a breed that requires the finest male you can get your hands on. It takes many months to know who is best.
Many people compliment our males. We have a nice color hue balance, and mostly, wide, lower set tails (look at the older cockerels watching the juvies.).
Here are our chicks on their first day outside.
Local pickup preferred but will ship inside of California only.
Edited by One Chick Two - 10/31/15 at 12:12pm