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Breed Differences

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by drdoolittle, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. drdoolittle

    drdoolittle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2010
    NE Indiana
    What is the difference between a black marans, a black australorp, and a black minorca?
     
  2. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really, the only similarity is that they are all black. They all have a different body shape (esp. the minorcas compared to the other two) and different feathering. They also all lay different colored eggs. Marans lay (or at least should) a dark brown egg, australorps lay your standard light brown/tan colored egg, and minorcas are white egg layers.
     
  3. roosters4sale

    roosters4sale Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two good ones are... ithaca.edu and look for Hendersons Handy-Dandy Chicken Chart. Also, avian web.com
     
  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    A good visual key is that Black Marans have feathered legs and are quite rare, Black Australorps are just plain black chickens and VERY common, and Black Minorcas have an unmistakable large white earlobe, plus they're also very rare.
     

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