Luanne's Marans chicks hatched New Years Day 2011

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by kathyinmo, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I hatched 11 Marans chicks from (cpartist) Luanne's eggs for the New Years Day 2011 Hatch .... Mahonri party!
    I also hatched 5 LF Cochins (3 blue, 2 black) and 2 Icelandics in this hatch.
    I'm starting this thread to document growth and development for Luannne.

    #1 Right Red (Stormy's chick)

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    #2 Right Pink

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    #3 Right Purple

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    #4 Right Brown

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    #5 Right Orange

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    #6 Right White

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    #7 Right Yellow

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    #8 Left Yellow

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    #9 Left Pink

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    #10 Left Black

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    #11 Left Blue

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    They hatched easily. It was a nice clean hatch...

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    Last edited: Jan 6, 2011
  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2010
    [​IMG] Congrats! Very beautiful chicks too!
     
  3. lcw1995

    lcw1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Marysville Ohio
    cute chicks
     
  4. cpartist

    cpartist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow Kathy!! Great pics! Thanks for helping me track what my breeders
    are throwing without me hatching a gazillion to do this. Most of these
    chicks look Black Copper, but my Blue Coppers hatch out very dark
    sometimes...you'll know better when the true feathers come in.
    Statistically you should get 25% Blues, but you know how that is in a
    small hatch. Looks like you have two clean shanked. These are likely
    from Smokey. She only has one feather on each leg. I kept her in the
    breeding pen because she lays a nice egg, and has great lacing and
    eye color. I think shes throwing about half or more with leg feathering.
    She is a butterball...

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    Kathy, you rock! Hope they are all girls for you [​IMG]
     
  5. equinehugger3

    equinehugger3 Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2010
    They're so cute!
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  6. lovinlife

    lovinlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    Very cute! I like the curly leg bands. What are they?
     
  7. cpartist

    cpartist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kathy...I am going to give you an educated guess on gender...later you can tell
    me how right or wrong I was [​IMG].

    Since I've hatched quite a few of these, I've found that the ones with darker,
    or barely noticeable combs are always pullets. MOST of the ones with pinker,
    more visible combs end up being cockerels, but there have been a few
    exceptions here. Secondarily, by three weeks of age the pullets are nearly
    feathered out, the boys still have some down on shoulders and backs.

    I know this is not true for all Marans, but with the ones I am working
    with I can predict gender from the comb at hatch at about 80% and can confirm
    at three week feathering at maybe 90%. Smokey was one of the exceptions.
    She never had a large comb, but was slow to feather...I thought she was
    a cockerel until she was two months old.

    #1 Girl
    #2 Boy
    #3 Girl
    #4 Girl
    #5 Boy
    #6 Girl
    #7 Boy
    #8 Boy
    #9 Boy
    # 10 Boy
    #11 ? (can't see comb)

    So I think you have AT LEAST 4 pullets, [​IMG], but hope for more.
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2011
  8. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I have pink leg bands. Do ya think that would help? [​IMG]

    I was thinking #1 was male, because it had such thick legs. From the thickness of the legs, when I was banding them ..... I am thinking only 2 girls. [​IMG]
     
  9. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Right Purple and Right Brown are some beefcakes! I wouldn't be surprised if those handsome buggers were boys.

    Left Yellow I'm thinking might turn out to be a girl.

    But, - Nice organization going on and very cute chicks. [​IMG]
     
  10. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:I added another picture of #11, so now you can guess boy on that one, too. [​IMG]
     

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