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Black Copper Maran Chicks?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MotherHen of10, Jan 26, 2017.

  1. MotherHen of10

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    I bought 12 Black Copper Marans Eggs from a breader. Two broody mums were very diligent but only 7 hatched. One died.
    Of the 7, three are black, two are lemon and one buff. Do I only have 3 Black Copper Marans?
    Oh, I worked out how to upload photos. Both mum's are not Marans, chicks are being adopted.
     
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Sits With Chickens Premium Member

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    You probably need to post a few more times before you can upload photos.

    Hard to say if the 3 are actually Black copper Maran, since some appear mixed or a different breed, I wouldn't trust they are what you were told unfortunately.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

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  4. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Very likely that all those chicks are mixed breed.
     
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Best pic I could find of my Marans chicks. From what I can see, the middle pic may well be a Marans chick--right color, looks like right skin color, feathered legs, straight comb. You'll just have to look at them and see. The light chicks---her black coppers could be hiding Wheaten, but since there's so many of them they're probably mixed breeds. That could account for the light chicks, but that reddish one is a mixed breed or something else entirely.

    I'd send pics to the breeder and ask them to help you.
     
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  7. MotherHen of10

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    Thanks, I contacted breeder but have not shown him photos yet. He said that the roosters dad was a wheaten. Explains the two yellow ones but not the buff colour.
    Also not happy as he did not mention this when I picked up the eggs. Just curious too, is 7 out of 12 eggs an expected result for hatching?
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  8. oldhenlikesdogs

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    It will be a little while until you can tell the sex of your chicks. Around 5 weeks the boys will start getting pink comb where the girls will remain orange yellow.

    Sounds like maybe the hen was a Maran and the rooster was something else.

    I get about 90% hatch out of my own eggs. Shipped eggs are usually around 50% hatch rate, but can vary from 0% to 80% from my own experiences.
     
  9. donrae

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    It's not a great hatch rate, but it's not horrible. Depends on a lot of variables, how the eggs were stored, how they were transported, how old they were, etc.

    How much did you pay for them? Myself, I'd be very unhappy if I paid $$ for BCM eggs and got mutts. I mean, yeah, the pullets should still lay decently dark eggs if the father is a pure Marans, but they're not going to be pure for variety, and not what you paid for.
     
  10. abbey21

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    I have BCMs and they looked just like that as chicks. I also have a Buff Maran which lays beautiful dark speckled eggs. In my experience, the pullets developed tails and feathers faster than the roos. Karan's grow very quickly but are my favorite breed! I have kept BCMs, Blue Copper Marans, and a Buff Maran- all very sweet and lay huge brown eggs! : )
     

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