Hey folks. First of all, if you have a good book recommendation regarding chicken genetics, let me know. I'd be interested in such a read. Now my quandary. On March 30th I was given four blue marans day olds (3 blue and 1 splash) by a man who raises marans in a po-dunk little town in South Texas. We were visiting him (long story) and he liked my daughters and gave them each four day old chicks. I knew scant about them but we've been raising them and they are lovely. It turns out, one is clearly a roo. It also appears to be a copper blue roo. It also seems to not crow at all. Being a city gal, I've been getting pretty excited about the possibility of raising my blue marans and maintaining a flock with the roo. My grand plan only works if the roo never figures out crowing. Once he crows, it's off to the soup pot. Even though I realize his crow will probably come, I cannot help but wonder if I could actually pull this off. But, I know there's a lot of discussion about what is really a marans and what isn't. When I look at blue marans people sell, they know the owner of the bloodlines (I really don't). There is so much discussion about feathered flanks (I'm pretty sure mine are clean legged, but I've also read that's the UK standard, and too I've read that there is no such thing as a clean legged pure bread). I've read that "side sprigs" are undesirable, but what the heck is a sprig? I've read that white ear lobes are undesirable. I think my roo does have white, but I cannot verify now. I just read that and it's night. So, what gives? I'd love any light you'd like to shed on the subject. Thanks and good night!