International Black Copper Marans Thread - Breeding to the SOP

kcrandall

Crowing
5 Years
Nov 16, 2015
687
1,860
300
North Central Texas
Sorry all, for my absence. I've had a lot of things going on. My son's virtual learning keeps me busy. I also work on a busy and packed covid unit in critical care and we have had a lot of short staffing lately. We are losing many nurses to travel. Travel agencies are recruiting them and the money for some I guess is too good to pass up. I however am a loyal servant to my profession and stay where I am very much needed. It makes it hard on those that stay but we are making it day by day. The senior nurses that have left to travel are being replaced by new graduate RNs and they have to have a few old hands to teach them the ropes.

Nothing much new to update on my Marans. I just set a few eggs from Dark Angel's single mated pen. I can't remember for the life of me what his hen's name is at the moment.

Broken Wing died a few weeks ago from an unknown issue he had, I simply deduced as failure to thrive. He wouldn't put on weight or develop. We treated for internal parasites and he never got better. Upon examination all I found to be wrong with him was simply poor body condition. No respiratory issues. No neurological symptoms. Good appetite. It was a mystery and very perplexing.

I hope everyone has stayed safe this winter and the winter storms haven't taken too much of a toll on any of you. We were without electricity one night but have been fortunate otherwise. I will be happy for spring to arrive.

May God bless all of you and keep you safe. I have certainly missed my BYC friends.
Hello Kayla! I figured you had a lot on your plate. Glad to hear you are doing well!! I’m sure your patients and their families are appreciative of your service.
 

kcrandall

Crowing
5 Years
Nov 16, 2015
687
1,860
300
North Central Texas
Good question.

I have a pullet from line #1 that is the same. Very light egg but nice type.
I dont know what to do with her.
I am hoping she goes broody so I can at least use her to hatch.



My line #3, all 9, look to be all cockerels. Hahaha

What are the odds?!
I hope I am wrong, but combs, red wattles and they are all standing tall and obnoxious when I put my hand in their coop. I know I am to only use hens from this line and not cockerels because of the white underfluff on the sires, so i am pretty discouraged right now. But it is pretty funny.

I put 3 more pullets into single pens to identify what egg they are laying.

There is still one laying the dark egg with a white, thick bloom. She has not sorted that out so she will be on the cull list also once I find her.

Everyone else is laying a 5 or better. A couple are laying nice 8. I need to find and mark them.
Even if they are all cockerels don’t give up on them yet. You never know you may get 1 or 2 decent cockerels that don’t have parasitic white. If they don’t turn out then make coq au vin or paella.
 

chickengr

Free Ranging
6 Years
Dec 29, 2014
4,617
4,846
641
greece
Not happy this evening. In Line #2 I only have 2 hens and one rooster. I caught the hen laying so I could clearly see what egg was hers. Egg color stinks, way to light not even a 4.:barnie Now the only thing I like about her is she is chunky. Her brother came from one of the darkest eggs I ever hatched. Any hope for her or does she just get sold as a brown egg layer? Even though she doesn’t lay dark eggs can she possibly carry the dark egg gene because her brother came from very dark egg?



was it her first egg? I had a few pullets that laid too early so the colour did not have time to spread. but the colour improved when they started to lay properly.
 

Chooks man

Free Ranging
5 Years
Nov 12, 2015
6,535
15,409
676
Australia NSW
Sorry all, for my absence. I've had a lot of things going on. My son's virtual learning keeps me busy. I also work on a busy and packed covid unit in critical care and we have had a lot of short staffing lately. We are losing many nurses to travel. Travel agencies are recruiting them and the money for some I guess is too good to pass up. I however am a loyal servant to my profession and stay where I am very much needed. It makes it hard on those that stay but we are making it day by day. The senior nurses that have left to travel are being replaced by new graduate RNs and they have to have a few old hands to teach them the ropes.

Nothing much new to update on my Marans. I just set a few eggs from Dark Angel's single mated pen. I can't remember for the life of me what his hen's name is at the moment.

Broken Wing died a few weeks ago from an unknown issue he had, I simply deduced as failure to thrive. He wouldn't put on weight or develop. We treated for internal parasites and he never got better. Upon examination all I found to be wrong with him was simply poor body condition. No respiratory issues. No neurological symptoms. Good appetite. It was a mystery and very perplexing.

I hope everyone has stayed safe this winter and the winter storms haven't taken too much of a toll on any of you. We were without electricity one night but have been fortunate otherwise. I will be happy for spring to arrive.

May God bless all of you and keep you safe. I have certainly missed my BYC friends.

nice to hear from you my friend and knowing you and family are good,
chooks man
 

Chooks man

Free Ranging
5 Years
Nov 12, 2015
6,535
15,409
676
Australia NSW
Not happy this evening. In Line #2 I only have 2 hens and one rooster. I caught the hen laying so I could clearly see what egg was hers. Egg color stinks, way to light not even a 4.:barnie Now the only thing I like about her is she is chunky. Her brother came from one of the darkest eggs I ever hatched. Any hope for her or does she just get sold as a brown egg layer? Even though she doesn’t lay dark eggs can she possibly carry the dark egg gene because her brother came from very dark egg?

are you sure is here full brother or just a hatch mate?
chooks man
 

Chooks man

Free Ranging
5 Years
Nov 12, 2015
6,535
15,409
676
Australia NSW
I just candled my eggs as they are on day 12 of incubation. I usually open the eggs that I take out to see what they look like. One egg that had no development when I opened had double yolks. The only time I have had double yolks before was with high production hens. Anyone seeing that often in Marans?
double yolks come from over weight hens .does happen to all chooks breed .
Marans are not heavy layer ,so we can t just give them layer feed ,it is too strong . I add 20% wheat or black sun flower recording to the season /
Wheat is added in Spring and summer .
black sun flower seed are added during Autumn and winter .

chooks man
 

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