maran? or orpington?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by jmmre31, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. jmmre31

    jmmre31 Chirping

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    I just hatched out some FBC marans. I was also hatching out some of my orpington eggs. I have a mixed-up orpingtons. They are black, buff, lavandar. Anyway, I'm looking at one of the peeps I thought was an orpington, and it has feathered feet! Ok, I've never had feathered feet on any of my orpington peeps before. Is it a Maran? It has a black body, brown head, brownish-grey underbelly, & grey legs. The legs are feather just like the maran chicks. Do you think he sent me a mixed egg? He said he only has marans? Do these pop up on occation in Maran lines?
     
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Sounds to me like an overly coppered or mossy Marans. Often they'll hatch out with a reddish hue to them, yes. That or he gave you a different breed or mutt. Have you done a count of chicks vs egg shells? [​IMG] That should tell you what he is.

    ETA - Marans always has an S, even in singular use.
     
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  3. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

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    It's most likely a marans. I have one growing out that I could tell at just a few days it was going to be way too coppery. That might be the case with your little one too.
     
  4. jmmre31

    jmmre31 Chirping

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    They finally admitted to having one welsummer hen. He accidently left her egg in the shipment! So I now have 7 full blooded maran chicks (hopefully), 1 welsummer/maran chick, and 6 buff/black orpington chicks! It would be nice if people let you know these things up front. No, I wouldn't have bought their eggs, but you'd think as the buyer I'd have some rights.

    How would anyone tell the difference between the welsummer and maran eggs? I didn't notice any of the eggs looking different.[​IMG] At least I know what she is now.
     

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