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  1. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    100% correct .Malika and BLC cockerelshare a same Z chromosome . BLC cockerels has one more Z from Duke . so mating him to Malika is good method to produce cockerels with a same Z chromosomes . I prefer Aunt breeding better than Dam breeding . more genetic diversity . chooks man
  2. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    @kfelton0002 have you start pairing your chooks for breeding ? if yes who are you starting with ? chooks man
  3. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    some sire but different dams .give rise to too many lines . genetically are not a same .they share 50% of they sire genes ,but not in a same combination . with Malika I think he will do well . I will pair him with a hen that have a complete hackle . plus she did show hackle marking @ the...
  4. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    sound as a good package ,good body .nice hackle marking and correct marans eggs . chooks man
  5. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    @kfelton0002 the BLC cockerel you posted has a good comb but the front of it is weak . does his mother Blue bird has a good comb ? photos of her of you can please? chooks man
  6. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    he is worth keeping for many reasons . 1} he is good looking . good conformation 2} from BLC hen different line to Queen /Malika . he carries different Z chromosome too 3} he is BLC . 4} he is different to the older cockerels you selected . chooks man
  7. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    @kfelton0002 agree with you ,this cockerel has some thing special .very long with a deep chest . love his small well angled tail .no way this tail will got high .impossible .has very nice base . guess this is not to tell who is his Dam , must be your BLC hen ? he is a keeper for sure ...
  8. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    @kfelton0002 very nice ,correct shape egg . that what I m talking about .true marans egg . not just dark . shape is very important and the sheen too . this pullets is a breeder in my book 100% for Correct type egg line .even if she is on the smaller side . quality of those type of eggs could...
  9. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    sorry to hear about your trouble ,hope your son in doing better . it is always hard to watch them going through the pain . chooks man
  10. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    hope your child is doing fine . OZ country is under too much stress . fire after fire . we lost a lot of bush and wild animals . bad things we lost a lot fire fighters and lot missing peoples . we just lost 3 American fire fighter ,they come here to give us a hand ,we lost them the other day ...
  11. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    yes they are good enough ,they are classified as young hens now . 10 to 15 months are the pick of the pullets breeding . chooks man
  12. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    good move ,focus on that hen ,she is your best asset . love to see her chicks . chooks man
  13. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    Summer hatched pullets .they start laying in winter . not a nature way . I like winter and spring hatch pullets . they start laying before winter set in . chooks man
  14. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    your 2 new pullets did they start laying ? if yes what colour eggs? I hate when the rooster damages the hens comb . chooks man
  15. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    hope she will heal well and the cancer will not return . they cost a lot money . chooks man
  16. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    impressed .great job . you have done your best for annabelle . I lost a few great hens to the eggbound problem .last year only had 2 hens .both put to sleep . chooks man
  17. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    I always thought eggbound is dead end . did she safe her ? nice to have peoples who know what they are doing . great gift of life . chooks man
  18. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    do you have eggs in the bator or just collecting ? which variety are you breeding first ? how many chicks are you planning to hatch ? chooks man
  19. Chooks man

    International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

    agree with you .build your flock first .you just started .so don t be shy to say no to people who want marans chooks for free . Marans cost us a lot money and work . chooks man PS = how is a chooks doing this winter ? are they looking good , breeding season is just around the corner for you guys .
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