Marans roos, I should cull, but which one?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by turbodog, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 6 FBCMarans and two are roos. One will have to go, but which one?

    I'm not keeping Marans to breed, but if I was to do so, which of these two would be the better to keep?

    I'm hoping those of you with experience in the breed can help me out with the decision.

    Number one, Rex:

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    Number two, Zulu:
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    Both together with the females:
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    Rex was more obviously a roo at a younger age but Zulu is the more dominant of the two. They are currently 6 weeks old.
    Any help with this tough decision would be appreciated.
     
  2. DuckLover2399

    DuckLover2399 Avian American

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    I would say keep zulu
     
  3. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    Hard to see the whole bird from these pics, but I vote REX!! Zulu is going to have, and already does have, too much mossiness in his coloring. Mossy is the copperish coloring in what should be the black feathers. Rex look like a promising young man! [​IMG]

    They are both young, so Rex will color in more as he matures. The mossy feathers on Zulu will only get worse, more than likely.
     
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  4. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Keep number one, he has better coloring at this age, IMO. The other roo has too much coppering this early and is showing "mossy" markings as well. The first roo will probably color in better. They're both still very, very young though from a breeding standpoint to choose which to cull.
     
  5. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Quote:Debi, great minds think alike! [​IMG]
     
  6. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] You know it Jeremy!
     
  7. DuckLover2399

    DuckLover2399 Avian American

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    Ok i am not a chicken expert lol go with every1 else. ps i was wondering if its good that rex has featheing on his feet
     
  8. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes! They are supposed to have feathering on the outside of the shanks, and on the outside toes.
     
  9. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Your right jeremy, it probably is too early to cut one of the boys loose yet. Still, I appreciate the information on the copper feathering from y'all. Didn't realize there was such a thing as "too much" copper.
    I gotta spend some time looking over the "Marans" threads!
     
  10. NASIR

    NASIR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ya, I'll defenitley keep the dark colored one and [​IMG] that is REX
     

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