International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

kcrandall

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Thank you for the input @kcrandall .
Truly appreciated.
When i see all the beautiful bcm on this thread, i cant help but wonder what i got myself into!
My stock is limited. Especally my cockerels. And my pullets wont be laying until late winter. It would be a shame to have good egg color but poor looking marans.
I know where you’re coming from been there myself. The trick is to see what your BCM Line can become with what you have to work with in the present - the good and the bad. You have some nice looking pullets with good type and color so that’s a good start.
 

Chooks man

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Nov 12, 2015
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My 2 cockerels from line #2 are very slow feathering. Nice color slowly coming in but little nubs for tails. It is going to take forever to see what type of tails they will have and this is driving me crazy.

I am surly going to breed for early feathering type. This is ridiculous.
agree with you slow feathering type should be and has to be bred out of marans population .

marans should have early to medium feathering type .not very late .
I have like that . culled all the cockerels .only kept the sisters to work with ,

chooks man
 

Chooks man

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Chooks man

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I separated my line #1 birds.
What a difference in temperment and behavior when you take the pullets out of the pen. Ive never separated before.

The 2 cockerels from line #2 are still with the pullets until they get a little older.

Do i put them with the 3 older cockerels when the time comes? Will they fight too much? Ive never had a cockerel pen or bachelor pen before.
I m pleased you separated the pullets from the boys .best thing any chooks breeder can do .I know a lot peoples do not do it ,easy for them to keep every thing in one pen .but they don t realize it is very bad for the pullets growth .
you have done great .happy to hear .
I tell peoples a lot of stuff ,but they seem to me they are very selective .they only take what they please them not what need to be done .

cockerels you can pen them together later .they will fight just to establish they dominance ,after that ,they form brother hood bond .they will move like one unit .
I have 6 cockerels pens ,they are easier to run than pullets pens . I do adjust them all the time ..

chooks man
 

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