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Anyone know the breed?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by SilverWolff, Mar 16, 2015.

  1. SilverWolff

    SilverWolff Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone know what breed these 2 are? They belong to a friend of mine and she was told they are marans but I think she was lied too.
     
  2. Spangled

    Spangled Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the rooster looks like he has a beard which Blue Copper Marans are not supposed to have. He also looks like he has a pea comb. So while he could be for the most part properly colored to be a Blue Copper Marans, the pea comb, the beard, the lack of feathers on the shanks tell us that he was crossed with something along the way other that a Blue Copper Marans. He could be an Olive Egger, which is a cross between a dark brown egg layer and a blue/green egg layer.

    The hen could be similarly, however, she does appear? to have a small straight comb and smaller than usual wattles. Comb genetics for a pea comb reduce the size of straight combs and wattles, so she could possibly also be a cross. However, she does have feathered shanks and doesn't have a beard. She could a Blue Copper Marans. He egg color will give a better clue. However, just because she lays a dark brown egg won't mean she isn't a cross. I had a pea-combed Olive Egger cross (Black Copper Marans over pea-combed green egg layer) that laid dark brown eggs. Not all dark-brown-egg-laying crosses are Black Copper Marans or, in the case of the hen pictured above, a Blue Copper Marans.

    Edited to add: The hen does display the classic back silhouette of a Marans ... not fully a U shape as a Langshan, but heading that way. (Langshans used in development of Marans ... they say.)
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2015
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    The rooster looks like an Easter Egger, and the hen does look like a Blue Copper Marans.
     
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    Chicken Girl1 Stuck back in the 40s Premium Member

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  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Agreed.
     
  7. SilverWolff

    SilverWolff Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the help everyone...the beard on the roo was what was throwing us off. [​IMG]
     

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