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Chocolate Marans

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jeremy, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Is anyone working on a Chocolate Marans project?

    Now that we have the Choc gene in the US and it seems to be pretty accessible I'd imagine someone would be breeding a chocolate colored, chocolate egg laying chicken.

    Anyone? Pictures? Experience/info to share?

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  2. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    GSC at the Coop is working on Chocolate Cuckoo marans. http://www.the-coop.org/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=93032 and the poultry garden site http://www.thepoultrygarden.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=12647

    here a few links a pics..

    chocolate cukoo pullet.

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    older Pullet http://www.thepoultrygarden.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=14606


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    I would say they are the most beautiful chocolate colored birds
     
  3. AraucanaAnnie

    AraucanaAnnie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh my gosh! They are so beautiful! How is the egg color?
     
  4. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    I have yet to see the eggs. but I´ll ask for pics and post them soon
     
  5. AraucanaAnnie

    AraucanaAnnie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks!
     
  6. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    That Chocolate Cuckoo pullet is lovely! Do you know the owner? I wonder if they have any updated pictures?

    I'd like to see a self (solid) Chocolate colored Marans too. There has got to be someone out there working on them.
     
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  7. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sunny side up :)
    Really neat color pattern. The shanks still need some feathering. I bet if its an orp x cuckoo Marans then the egg color is pretty light still. Most of the cuckoos I have seen that are silver based, lay pretty light for a Marans then add Orpington egg color to that and it would be lighter. I have a few orp x marans crosses that I did to test out egg color improvement but I was using black coppers and orps when I was first testing for that.
    If you have dark laying Marans (say like # 8) you can really get the Orpington egg color up to about a 5 on the Marans egg color scale. Then keep crossing them to the darker laying breed it keeps on improving. If you are using a Marans rooster over an Orp hen, knowing what color (# on the egg scale) the Marans roo came from can be helpful.
     
  8. nicalandia

    nicalandia Overrun With Chickens

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    I know the owner, I´ll ask her for updated pics and pics of eggs
     
  9. tikidoc

    tikidoc Out Of The Brooder

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    I got same BCM eggs from a friend and ended up with one lovely chocolate chick. Both parents are supposed to be pure BCM. She also got one chocolate chick so far this spring, from the same pairing, so we are hoping we have opposite gender chicks (still too young to tell), or that she gets more chocolate chicks from the pairing. My understanding is that this is a recessive and should breed true.

    Jess
     
  10. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Hm... do you have pictures of this chick?

    The Choc gene is a mutation and is very rare, it would be something very special for it to just pop up in a Marans line.

    I'm very interested and would love to learn more about this flock's history.
     

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