Marans eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by aberfitch, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Should a Black Copper Marans Chick that hatches out white be culled? is it any good for breeding?
     
  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

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    I don't know the answer but maybe you could wait until it was old enough to eat.
     
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While more hard-core Marans folks may differ (and will most certainly chime in, LOL!), I personally would hang on to an all-white "sport" to see what happens if you have the space. If you get a couple across several batches you might even be able to see if they breed true. If not, you can cull to someone else's backyard flock - - someone might just love having a white Marans. I would not keep in a regular breeding program with the others, though.

    If you got the eggs from a breeder, I would let the breeder know just out of courtesy. A serious breeder would want to know of sports popping up from their breeding program.

    Hope you will share photos as the chick develops. Good luck!
     
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  4. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    why cull it? if your a hard core specific type then let someone else injoy it. That like putting a dog or cat down cause you buy new furniture and they clash with it [​IMG]
     
  5. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say cull meaning not introduced in my breeding program. I would never kill a chick. They are white/yellow like a white leghorn chick! 3 out of 7 dark dark eggs. I was really confused when I got home and saw this fat beefy little white chick in my hatcer! Anyways I will let it grow up and see what they become!! Kinda exciting! I am taking pictures about every 3 days to show the development of the birds. I will try to keep you guys posted!!
     
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  6. Jamie821

    Jamie821 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you got it from a breeder get in touch with them and make sure they dont have wheaton marans also. They could have got the eggs mixed up. I hatch for Buddy Henry and He had the eggs marked and had a wheaton come out of a egg he marked bc. He has both so its easy to do
     
  7. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    Wait for it to feather out and if you don't like the color you could advertise it on craigslist and find it a buyer. If it was my chick, I would not put it with my Coppe Blacks, unless you eventually want a lot more just like it. along with unkonwn splits. Probably it is Wheaten.
     
  8. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I agree that it's probably a Wheaten. From what I understand it's not that uncommon for certain lines of BCs to throw wheaten colored chicks.
     
  9. aberfitch

    aberfitch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got some wheaton eggs also. I plan to keep them seperat so I guess I can keep them after all!
     
  10. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Quote:While "cull" can often imply killing an unwanted animal, I use the also-common meaning "to remove an unwanted animal or item." Lots of breeders cull to backyard poultry folk. I am one of those backyard folk, and I have a couple of color-based culls in my flock from very good breeders.

    No chicks were harmed in the making of this post. [​IMG]


    Ed. to add - - aberfitch, do you have any pics to share? I'd love to see your chick.
     
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