Black copper Marian's chick color??

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by trifecta, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. trifecta

    trifecta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So really stupid question here, but BCM chicks should always be BLACK right???

    In the process of hatching shipped eggs that were quite dear to purchase here in Oz and the first chick came out like this. Is it possible to have a "throwback" wheaten or white gene from two black parents or was I duped?[​IMG]

    Don't worry little guy is back in the bator- just wanted a pic for the seller before the others hatched (there should be some light chicks in there this was just the first to hatch)

    Thanks!!
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Could be a wheaten throwback. Black Copper frequently carry genes for the recessive wheaten pattern. It is more prevalent in Australian lines of the breed.
     
  3. trifecta

    trifecta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    would have been nice if the seller had told you this could happen. Hope the others will be the correct coloring for you.
     
  5. trifecta

    trifecta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the other 3 came out black :)

    Unfortunately the 2 that piped and didn't progress were also black- but hopefully out of the 4 some of them will be pullets.
     
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Yep, it's not unheard of for that wheaten to crop up in the black coppers. Disappointing, but lots of breeders don't cull for it apparently. But, wheaten is an accepted color, and I don't know if it effects egg color, you should still get nice dark eggs. If you don't want to keep it for breeding stock (sticking with the black coppers), you should be able to recoup some of the purchase price for the eggs if you raise her up to point of lay (assuming she's a she, that is!).
     
  7. trifecta

    trifecta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes honestly if it's a pullet she will be welcome to stay. It's just more that most people around here charge more for BCM vs wheaten color, and I didn't realise they could carry wheaten as a recessive color. I won't be breeding these to sell eggs, just wanted some dark ones in the basket.
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    If female, she should still lay dark eggs. The good thing about wheatens is that you can sex them by coloring by about 4 weeks old.
     
  9. trifecta

    trifecta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I'll look up color sexing- is it like favorelles where the Roos are darker?
     
  10. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    Yep. Salmon Faverolles are wheaten patterned.
     

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