Black Copper Marans discussion thread

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by geebs, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    Sorry, as far as I know, they can't be feather sexed as chicks.
     
  2. Keara

    Keara Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:here are the first 3 eggs, right to left, of a new marans hen. see how they get darker.

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  3. marquisella

    marquisella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You cannot sex Marans at hatch unless they are Cuckoo.
     
  4. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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  5. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:all three of mine had the same markings at hataching. you can try the wing sexing and see if that works. once they are dry take and gently pull out a wing if the feathers are the same length then its a roo if they are different lengths then its a hen. i have done this with my three and i am waiting to see how it turned out. on my 2 d'uccles it seems to have worked though with having thus far 2 chicks looking like pullets
     
  6. Keara

    Keara Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. lcatty

    lcatty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It is my understanding that it takes awhile of laying before the eggs get dark.
     
  8. KalikoFarms

    KalikoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does it take Marans longer to start to lay their first eggs?
    Thanks
     
  9. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I've got some ameracaunas and BCM in the same pen that are the same age. The BCM has been laying for about 1 week now and nothing from the Ameracauna yet.

    I think the birds that are due to start laying in the fall / winter sometimes are slower to start laying due to the weather, specifically the shorter days.
     
  10. BarnGoddess01

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    Quote:I've got some ameracaunas and BCM in the same pen that are the same age. The BCM has been laying for about 1 week now and nothing from the Ameracauna yet.

    I think the birds that are due to start laying in the fall / winter sometimes are slower to start laying due to the weather, specifically the shorter days.

    Fascinating! I had Ameraucanas and BCMs grow up together. The Ameraucanas started laying (at 22 weeks) a full 10 weeks before the Marans. The Marans have just started - shorter days and all!! [​IMG] I'm curious to see what my latest hatch does - also Ameraucanas and Marans - different lines this time.
     

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