Black Copper Marans or Black Austrolorp

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by tdorer, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. tdorer

    tdorer New Egg

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    I purchased two of these lovely ladies a few weekends ago (they look identical). I was told they were Black Copper Marans but am becoming concerned I was cheated on the breed. I am unsure of age but know they are not producing eggs yet. I wish they were because then it would be a no brainer. I understand that not all BCM have the feathered legs and feet because they are not part of the French lineage. I also understand that they can sometimes be over melanised causing them to be all black. Also sometimes with age their copper hackles come in. The gentleman I purchased them from said he bought them through Townline Hatchery but when I confronted him about the questionable breed, he said that they may have been the couple birds he purchased from someone else. I have tried the Chicken Keeping 101 group on Facebook and some people said they were BCM while others said they were Austrolorps or Black Jersey Giants (very doubtful of that). I need a definite response before I freak out. I just wish they would start laying. Below I posted a full body picture, a picture of the bottom of ones feet, and a close up of the head/eyes.
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  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Adalida

    Adalida Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look exactly like my Australorps. Do they have a kinda greenish sheen to their feathers that shows up in the sunlight?
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Sorry, but I do think they're Aussies [​IMG].

    My Marans are heavier, and the tails are lower set. And by this age, they should have color in the hackles.

    You can keep them until they lay, just to be sure......
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  6. lpyrbby

    lpyrbby Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm in that group and offered my thoughts there as well. Glad to see you made it to BYC.

    That sucks about the seller! He should have been more upfront :(

    I do love my BA though, so maybe it's not a lost cause.
     
  7. stewandhisgirls

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    They don't resemble my BCM's so I think you were right to question it :(
     
  8. tdorer

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    well crap [​IMG]I guess I will keep them until they start laying just in case! but if they're BA I don't want them. I'm looking for the chocolate eggs. I already have sex links and a Wyandotte laying lighter brown eggs
     
  9. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    The good think is folks are always looking for point of lay pullets, so you should be able to sell them easily.
     
  10. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    x2, point of lay pullets are always in high demand and easy to sell.
     

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