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Can I see some Black copper maran

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by EvansMeXo, May 27, 2017.

  1. EvansMeXo

    EvansMeXo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    does anyone have pics of black copper marans from birth to maturity? Roosters and hens? I just picked up 3 and I want to try and figure out what to watch for as they get older.. their supposedly the same age as my easter egger (2 weeks) but their half the size.. so I'm thinking either my easter egger is older or they are younger
     

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  2. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Read....MORE Premium Member

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    Hi there..
    Where did you purchase these chicks?
     
  3. EvansMeXo

    EvansMeXo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From a guy off of a local Facebook group, one of the pure breed maritime groups.. he said he ordered the eggs and his bantie hatched them... do you think they might not Be black copper marans? I spent a long time hunting for these
    Chicks local, I'm reaaally hoping they are
     
  4. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Color is right but the amount of feathering and growth are slow for that age, if its accurate. Did he happen to show you pics of the eggs they hatched from? The demand for black coppers has created a lot of low quality hatchery and backyard lines with disappointing egg colors, so be prepared.
     
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  5. RoosterCogburn7

    RoosterCogburn7 Chicken Atlas Farm NPIP 74-4231 Premium Member

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    By week 4-5 you should notice the beginning of combs for roos. FBCM's are one of the fastest maturing birds. I have a whole coop full of them along with some OE hens. I have noticed when I have run my own hatches that your coloring is good, for a newly laid chick, but they appear to be very young. They haven't really feathered yet. You will see some tell tale sex characteristics for males rather quickly. The roos start budding combs quickly. You should start seeing those ridges soon depending on your straight run luck. I find the roosters dispositions can vary, but they are usually, at the very least-stand offish. However, I have found their meat to be full of a lot of flavor.
     
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  6. EvansMeXo

    EvansMeXo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm really hoping their what I wanted! I didn't think to ask to see a pic of the eggs! He said they were very dark.. I guess it'll be a waiting game, I hope their just younger than what he said I'll be so disappointed if I don't get those beautiful dark eggs! One of them is very fast and bolts all around the brooder when I try to pick her up, it's also the biggest so I'm thinking this one is going to be a rooster, the other two are slightly smaller and seem to like sleeping in my shirt lol. When I got them he had to fish them out from under a hen.. their sooo petite and only have a tiny bit of wing feathers
     
  7. RoosterCogburn7

    RoosterCogburn7 Chicken Atlas Farm NPIP 74-4231 Premium Member

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    First eggs from hens tend to be double yokers or on the smaller side. They usually lay very dark at the beginning of their laying cycle, and it will naturally lighten up as the year progresses. And then by Spring nice and dark again. That being said, they are impossible to candle. They are too dark for the light to penetrate.
     
  8. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I am able to candle mine, but I use a 800 lumen head lamp. Mine are about a 7 on the Marans egg color chart.

    Evansmexo- don't expect almost black as those are extremely rare, and if you can get a breeder to sell you one tat lays that you would pay $$$$
     
  9. EvansMeXo

    EvansMeXo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya I doubt they'll be that dark lol it would be a miracle (eventually I hope to find some!) but I'm really hoping I didn't get the ones that aren't actually laying dark eggs.. I'm trying to build up a variety of different breeds so my toddlers have a rainbow of eggs to collect come the fall
     
  10. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    These are from my blue copper and the back ones are from my Wheaten Marans. I also have a splash (daughter of the blue) and two barnevelders, and some more EEs that are the months old. Fingers crossed for more beautiful eggs :)
     
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