Marans breeding question

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by Cribbs74, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. Cribbs74

    Cribbs74 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have one black copper hen that has been Mareks stricken on and off since she was a pullet. I have nursed her back to health several times in the past two years, but she no longer lays. I wanted to breed her with my black copper Rooster, but I don't think she will bounce back this time. So I need to switch gears

    That said I have healthy blue splash hens and was wondering what I will get when I breed her with the black copper roo?

    I was hoping for blue copper, but I have read conflicting info online and there isn't a lot out there to go off of. Any info would be helpful. I started incubating last night so either way I am in for the long haul whatever it turns out to be.

    Ron
     
  2. snowbird

    snowbird Overrun With Chickens

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    How do you know that your female has had Mareks. If she lives she will always be a carrier for life. I do not know maybe you want a line of Marans that are carriers for Mareks. If you plan on being a serious breeder you should never breed a Mareks carriers. Sorry for your bad luck. Don
     
  3. Cribbs74

    Cribbs74 Out Of The Brooder

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    Don,

    It's Mareks, all the classic symptoms. Unless I pick up and move it will always be on my land. My birds are for my purpose, not for show or for sale. I live in a rural area so Mareks is around me. I have 30 birds and all but one is healthy.

    I am not breeding the Mareks hen. I was relaying the fact that I had wanted to, but am now unable.
     
  4. rainbowrooster

    rainbowrooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your splash hens are splash coppers then all the chicks will be blue coppers. If those hens are solid splash (from black/blue/splash) then all the chicks will look solid blue. If you breed those solid blue pullets back to their black copper dad then you start getting blue and black coppers
     
  5. Cribbs74

    Cribbs74 Out Of The Brooder

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    Rainbowrooster,

    Thank you for that information. I am glad that I have the ability to get Black Coppers again.

    Much appreciated,

    Ron
     

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