Excuse another marans thread (but I'm guaranteed to get a few responses). I just butchered 2 5-month old black copper roosters and I was impressed by 3 things: 1. I was amazed by how many feathers these guys had. They seem to have twice the feathers as my other breeds (Welsummers & Ameraucanas). 2. They had nice thick, white skin. 3. They are a heavier, meaty bird and had more fat on them. The down side is all those feathers made for difficult plucking and seemed to be held in tighter. I ended up skinning them due to all the pin feathers. These birds also seem to be more cold weather hardy. When it is raining and blowing, I look out at the pen and I see a few birds out in their run and I know it is the B/C. They always seem to be the ones out. I live in Alaska, so that is an important factor. A woman I know says they will come out down to about 20 below. I also know 2 people with coocoo marans and they say the same thing...their birds stay out all winter. So far it is pretty promising....I kinda threw them in my order as a lark ($10.00 a chick lark). It remains to be seen how well they lay. Another odd side note, I obviously had too many roosters and they were pestering the hens to where they were staying in the coop, but the Marans hens were always out.....go figure???