International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

Punkybrewster

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That’s a crappy hatch rate for eggs you drove all that way to pick up. 🤔

I know.

I opened the clears to make sure.
They looked infertile to me.

But one that i thought was clear ended up having a developing chick.
I hate when that happens.
Marans newby mistake.

New rule with marans eggs.
Dont candle until day 14 or lockdown.

Still, crappy hatch rate for an 8 hour round trip.

If I get a couple of beautiful, dark egg laying, low tailed, correct pullets out of this, i will be happy.
That was my goal.

If not?
Meh, enjoy the ride and have a beeah.
 

Punkybrewster

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I have the pattern for the divider saved on my phone. I plan to make one.

I like the drilled hole idea.
My biggest problem with incubation is the spring, summer, fall humidity here in the south.

I have never had problems hatching anything until i moved down here.

There is a definite learning curve.

For the past 3 years of incubating down here, i have had sticky chicks and low hatch rates.

Not having central air conditioning to remove excess humidity from the home seems to be a big problem. I even tried a dehumidifier in the hatch room.

Marans eggs? Forget it.

Now that i have several different incubator brands, i am seeing that some work better than others when it comes to managing humidity.

I was using a brinsea mini and magicfly.
Even now, in winter, they keep stable humidity but on the high side even without adding water.
In summer, 65% and couldnt get it down.
I think that was my problem.
Wrong bator for what i need it for. Not enough air holes. I may drill some.

Nurture Right 360 is awesome. Very steady machine but i forsee the humidity problem happening once summer gets here.

So. The big test will be with this incuview in the middle of sauna, tropical, South Carolina summer with no central air.

It is the only one that will not hold humidity steady for more than a couple of hours in my house at this time.
It WANTS to run very dry.

I guess we will find out this summer.
 

Chooks man

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I know.

I opened the clears to make sure.
They looked infertile to me.

But one that i thought was clear ended up having a developing chick.
I hate when that happens.
Marans newby mistake.

New rule with marans eggs.
Dont candle until day 14 or lockdown.

Still, crappy hatch rate for an 8 hour round trip.

If I get a couple of beautiful, dark egg laying, low tailed, correct pullets out of this, i will be happy.
That was my goal.

If not?
Meh, enjoy the ride and have a beeah.

wrong goal my friend ,
I hope they all hatch and they all low tails cockerels ,so we can use them over hen line 2 .
you don t need more hens .you have enough . you need a low tail cockerel .that will be your first breeding step . I told how Georgia X waylon will produce you the future cockerels .but we still need different line if possible than we good for ever ,no need any more blood lines .

chooks man
 

Chooks man

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I know.

I opened the clears to make sure.
They looked infertile to me.

But one that i thought was clear ended up having a developing chick.
I hate when that happens.
Marans newby mistake.

New rule with marans eggs.
Dont candle until day 14 or lockdown.

Still, crappy hatch rate for an 8 hour round trip.

If I get a couple of beautiful, dark egg laying, low tailed, correct pullets out of this, i will be happy.
That was my goal.

If not?
Meh, enjoy the ride and have a beeah.

I do not candle my marans eggs till the day I move them to the hatcher .
chooks man
 

Chooks man

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Yes. All are laying now as of this month.
I need to start penning to learn their eggs. Who is laying what.

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gorgeous shape and color too .all the pullets who laid those eggs are dark eggs breeders in my books .
happy for you ,you have the dark egg genes in your lines . you have the full body pattern and a high quality copper .you have mass in your foundation pullet plus low tail .
now you have to put all these traits in the next generation .and breed them true .
I m really hoping you will couple nice low tail cockerels from the eggs in the hatcher .good luck .

chooks man
 

Chooks man

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I saw the white flight feather and assumed it would molt out?
It almost looks like a remnant white chick feather?

I know nothing. Ha.

normally they molt out . not a big deal .she has all the good traits we need to breed a well colored , wide /chunky .low tail cockerels.
you are going to breed from her a lot ,so I m not worrying about the white . only few of her progeny will be carrying this trait .

chooks man
 

Chooks man

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Yes.
Her name is Georgia.
After I posted all the pictures,
my chooks man learning kicked in and i knew she would pair nicely with Waylon the cockerel.
That they would compliment each other.

The pullet with full hackle pared with him would create over colored birds with no mass.

impressed you are getting your head around breeding chooks .
you are correct ,full hackle pullet will not be paired with Waylon . we want to breed for her future boy friend .from Georgia X Waylon or if we are lucky we get nice cockerel from the hatching eggs .

chooks man
 

Chooks man

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All the rest of the pullets have too much tail at a high angle.

I am working on finding out egg color.

the eggs you posted are all good . if they come from them than it is alright .
for now I want you to catch Georgia laying . she is the first one to breed at 10 months old . we want cockerels from her to breed to long tail pullets next breeding season .

chooks man
 

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