Chicken Breed Focus - Maline

Bean789

Songster
5 Years
Apr 25, 2014
494
39
108
Spring Hill, FL
Haven't checked this thread in a while. Thanks for the hopeful hatching egg purchase. I would love to have a couple of these beauties in my coops.
 

farmerrick

In the Brooder
6 Years
Oct 17, 2013
11
2
24
Beautiful Robson, B.C.
This is our 3rd year with Malines. We tried other dual purpose Heritage breeds, but were just not satisfied with other breeds for eating purposes.

The Maline is second to none in flavour, and ease of keeping. They are a joy to have roaming around the yard, always putting a smile on my face, with their Charlie Chaplin way of traveling about.

I love this breed, and hope any with interest in owning Malines can find a source. I can almost guarantee you will never consider another Dual Purpose bird.

Just my opinion.
 

Our Roost

Songster
9 Years
Jan 13, 2011
1,102
136
188
ScottsVille, michigan
Well, I'll have to compliment you if you acquired decent stock to work with. My own experiences haven't been so fortunate. I think this year will be my best outcome ever after salvaging what good breeders I could to work with. These birds are extremely slow growers but distribute the fleshy meat evenly throughout their body. A very good sized carcass to feed on. Stay focused on inbreeding and consider outcrossing with a parent breed. Or find another blood line.
 

StephWind

Chirping
6 Years
May 6, 2013
105
33
91
Elizabeth CO
First I would like that thank everyone who has contributed to this thread for all the wonderful information! I just purchased 12 Maline chicks from GFF, which are to arrive within the next 2 weeks. I also have Barbezieux, Faverolles, Bielefelders and Sulmtalers, all as dual purpose birds. The remainder of birds are Easter Eggers, Icelandics, and Marans, for egg color variety. I am on the high plains in Colorado at 6300 ft, and bringing in fertile eggs is generally a losing proposition due to the disruption of the air cells and the air pressure & oxygen differences. I very much look forward to raising these birds, and breeding as close to standard as possible!
 

StephWind

Chirping
6 Years
May 6, 2013
105
33
91
Elizabeth CO
My chicks arrived from GFF and I love them! :) I was wondering if the light vs dark is an indication of gender? If so, which way? Oh - the slightly larger blue chick is a blue copper marans, not a maline. LOL

 

Our Roost

Songster
9 Years
Jan 13, 2011
1,102
136
188
ScottsVille, michigan
Gender color at birth can be a big plus but is not completely accurate with the malines. As they start to mature, the pullets are darker and the young roo's are and will be lighter eventually. You are dealing with a very rare breed and the bloodline outside of Europe is critical to say the least. Acquiring a second bloodline to cease inbreeding will be slow and the few owners need to share offspring stock and breed cautiously while trying to boost this breed in numbers worthy of its recovery without destroying its benefits. GFF is making a valiant effort and they handle rare breeds very well. Its a bit of a bumpy road but well worth the efforts being made. This breed is a slow grower but seems to distribute succulent meat qualities to all the right spots! Good luck in your efforts.
 

dexter546

Hatching
Jan 25, 2016
9
0
6
I have one large hen and she followes me around talking the whole time.
I need to find her a rooster friend and maybe she can talk to him.
If anyone has babies or a rooster please let me know
Thanks
Dexter

dexterdarnell@gmail.com
 

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