We just finished breeding ayam ceman and ordered maran eggs. We sell hatching eggs. We do not advertise our birds as exhibition birds, just maran in other colors. Since I have black copper and black marans, I wanted a change. 75% of these hatching eggs hatched roosters, so I want to know how clean they are and decide in the future whether to give away or eliminate them.Hi there.
Marans are great birds.. always said with S at the end whether single or plural after the French town they hail from.
I notice you are in the EU.. Will you breeding to the French standard or do you guys have another standard of perfection? As far as I know the color you are showing is not an accepted color variety to the standard.
According to the color of blood lines you mention them coming from.. splash wheaten would not be a possible outcome. They would have to be breeding blue wheaten for splash wheaten to pop up.
Here is a copy of the Australian standard, I reference for the basic genetic information.. they call their black copper, brown red..it is the same variety just called something different.
Do you have a copy of the standard you are breeding to, or are you desiring to work on a project color that folks may like will not be an accepted color for showing??
I bred BBS copper Marans for a while to the French standard.. none of splash coppers came out looking like that.. when searching a rare color.. also look at in different breeds to help determine your guidelines. This is often what I must do! I don't use the US SOP for Marans, but it may have photos or other valid information pertaining to your question at hand, so worth giving a glance...
He would not likely be a keeper in my flock.. but he may just be a color variety I'm not familiar with partly due to different locations... NOW, this far in and more research.. I see it's actually called WHEAT and not wheaten!
I THINK if it were a splash wheat.. the chest should be white.. from the lines you mention.. maybe he is a splash copper with an excess amount of copper leakage on the chest.. and this would be my best guess according to the parameters you stated with what little breeding knowledge and experience I do have.. even selecting great parent stock, less than 5% of offspring will be show/breeding quality.
It's always a difficult choice.. for me.. too much color leakage and not enough clear pattern.. looks like short pinkie toe (common in Marans) and slightly feathered middle toe.. If I had other keepers and didn't NEED the genetics.. he'd likely take the honorable place of feeding my family, or whatever method of culling is appropriate for yours.
Hope some of this is super helpful!