Originally Posted by Anniebee Meeka3 .
I don't know much about marans, but I think I can almost safely say they are not welsummers. Have had a welsummer from before pullet stage,,, and she never looked quite like that. ..... Had the golden hackles from very early in her life, and has become a really beautiful, straight backed welsummer, with all the trimmings.
Lovely photos here though. Had me intrigued so I googled maran chicken colours.
There are certainly some strains of marans ( from what I have searched ) that can be called 'brown' e.g. black tailed buff marans ??? they are brownish red, but I really don't know for sure
Not much help I know - except to say I think I will put the house on your chickens not being welsummers.
So sorry to hear that one of your girl chickens died. Always sad to lose a lovely bird like that.
you may well be right, although I couldn't find any photos of black tail buff babies, the characteristics were similar, but I think they may be a cross, because the top and bottom photo babies are very red with yellowish legs( not as dark as wyandottes legs), and the middle photo, which is more brown, has cream legs. It was sad to lose the other little one, there were no symptoms at all, I have a feeling the little rooster was picking on her and wouldn't let her eat because he started to do that to the little Wyandotte, so I removed him and now he spends his days in my garden, and nights in another pen. Every time I go outside I have to sit on the grass to keep company because he's on his own, he can see the others, but he likes my company.