Check out the website for the Marans USA group when you have time. It can be found at www.MaranschickenclubUSA.com. This site has the Standards that have been approved by the APA. Only the Black Coppers and Wheatens are fully accepted at this time. All of the other varieties are showing under Proposed Standards. If everything works out, the Whites will be the next variety presented to the APA for acceptance.I just can't go through over 45,000 posts. If it were all just related to the breed and breeding I would but there is so much side chatter--I just don't have that much time.
Are Marans a recognized breed by whatever organization handles poultry shows?
Are they supposed to have clean legs or feathered legs? My chicks are coming from the Wade Jeane line, so I believe they should have feathered legs.
At what age will they start to show whether or not they are a good type?
Where can I find a written standard on them?
Thanks for all your help. Janet
Hi Marcy; I have a muttly hen that lays the biggest egg, any body else it would be a double yolker but it's her normal size. But fewer of them hatch than the smaller eggs set at the same time. I think what is happening is that the big eggs are not loosing as much moisture % wise as the smaller eggs. I need to get a new thermostat for a small incubator I have and then I'm going to experiment and set those big eggs with a lot less humidity for the first 10=14 days. Then move them in with the normal size eggs and see if that is a better hatch rate. Right now I"ve been running my big redwood at 20=30% and I'm getting 89% hatch on chicks (no marans yet, just EE mixes) and my last duck hatch was 100%. Most of the chick eggs that are not hatching are these real big ones.I'm up to 4, 7, 6 and 5 blue copper chicks respectively from the 4 blue copper hens I've been mating this year to a black copper male. My goal is/was 10 blue chicks from each hen to grow out and see how they turn out. Last year, I didn't get even one blue copper male I felt I could keep for breeding. Maybe this year. I do not think I will make it to 10 chicks from each since ~1/2 come out black and some of the bigger eggs are not hatching. I hope I get a few good ones because this hobby/obsession is really expensive.