Getting the flock out of here - a diary of a crazy chicken man

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ozexpat, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. kacklinkelly

    kacklinkelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I find this to be just the friendliest thread I've read! Thanks for sharing the family photos. I sometimes get lost on purpose on some of my trips down memory lane [​IMG]
    Our children are now 31 and almost 26. Our grandson is 6 and the light of our lives. It's true what they say about enjoying your grandchildren more than your own. I never
    thought that would be possible but it's true for us. Enjoy them while they are little. The time goes super fast! Best to all of you for healthy and happy little ones!!
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    this thread is about a life adventure and the things that happen on the way.

    imagine how boring it would be without the side and back stories that give us purpose
     
  3. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quick question. What's the difference between a cuckoo maran and a black copper maran? Our mennonite neighbor was over to see if he could help us genderify our 2 1/2 week old chicks (we'll see how good he is...lol), and I mentioned how I'd love to have a black copper maran and he said our Englisch neighbor has cuckoo marans and they are very similar.
     
  4. Phage

    Phage Mad Scientist

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    Black copper MArans usually lay much darker eggs than the average cuckoo MArans.
     
  5. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Day 26 is close to over.........

    The 1st Turkey egg has pipped externally!!

    Come on Peafowl!!
     
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  6. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should have the same body type and be the same size. cuckoos look a little bit like barred rocks, while the BCM remind me of Welsummers with their color pattern. Cuckoos are averaging a lighter colored egg at the moment than the BCM. There are some BCM around that lay wickedly dark eggs. http://www.maranschickenclubusa.com/
     
  7. Sweetpea3829

    Sweetpea3829 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So basically, if the whole reason I want BCM is for the dark color egg, I'd do better to stick with BCM than with the Cuckoo Maran?
     
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    the darker the egg, the harder the buggers are to hatch though. especially shipped so do your best to source locally.
     
  9. maryhysong

    maryhysong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In general yes. You also need to understand that Marans are all works in progress and there will be a lot of variation even in the same hatch from the same parents. If you are only after dark eggs it doesn't really matter, just find someone with the darkest possible close to you. If you are also interested in breeding to the SOP then that is a different story; in that case look for a dedicated breeder, learn what the SOP says they should look like and look over the parent stock before purchasing. Having culled 8 out 12 boys by the time they were 6 mo old and I will probably cull 2 more before I am done, let me just say that nobody has perfect birds, but some are breeding better than others.
     
  10. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    at this stage I want dark eggs. I am going to try cuckoos this coming trip as I have a reliable local source. I am also trying Wellsummers for darker speckled eggs. Some of my mutts I originally hatched from OGM are came from blue tinted eggs - it will be interesting to see if any were hens and what they produce.

    I am culling all but 4 roosters this trip. I will keep the RLBW roos, the BCM roo and a Black Australorp roo. All the mutts will be sold as "genuine imported american roosters" or turned into chicken strips.

    I have instructed Bernie to put the eggs from Fr Sat Sun in the bator today and then Th Fr Sat next week. We will have candling lessons.
     

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