Blue or Black Marans?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by KHoward, Feb 13, 2017.

  1. KHoward

    KHoward Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I recently hatched 20 chicks that are from a Black FCM Roo / Black FCM hen, or a Blue FCM Roo/Black FCM hen. Some are clearly Black, and some are light black/grey-ish, but not blue.

    Here is one sample, and I am hoping this is a pullet:
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    same chick different angle:
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    And what I believe to be a black:
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    Lastly a group photo:
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    Any guesses?
     
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  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    I have raised a lot of BCM but these are to young for me to even guess.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    too young try new photos at 8 weeks old
     
  4. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    I don't see any blues... they all look like blacks to me...
     
  5. Cel45

    Cel45 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wait, doesn't the chick in the second to last pic have blue wing feathers coming in?
     
  6. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Those are black and white... Extended Black base can feather in some white at first, then molts to all black at adult molt...
     
  7. KHoward

    KHoward Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, has anyone seen SPOTS on a FCBM before? The feathers on the legs are also spotted. I have two of these from my hatch. It's a lot of white on the face and throat - more than I am used to? Almost seems like it's going to end up looking like an Ancona ?!

    ...trying to find my happy place.....

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  8. KHoward

    KHoward Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is an update. My friend gave me a dozen FCBM from the Wade Jeane line and there were a few in there that looked like this too.

    Very odd.
     
  9. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    It's just very Extended Black, no worries... E is called Extended Black because the black will extend out to all those white areas... chick down, first feathers and juvenile feathering color can and does vary from what the adults will feather out like...

    I have a line of black Ameraucanas with that same extreme Extended Black, they would look mottled a lot if times at hatch and have white feathers here and there even in their juvie feathers... but as soon as they molted into their adult feathers they went completely black...
     
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  10. KHoward

    KHoward Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!
     

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