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Pics of my new Marans!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Crunchie, May 9, 2007.

  1. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    Maryland
    I'm pretty new to the board but I wanted to share pictures of my new birds. They just came home a couple of weeks ago (a few of you were very helpful in answering the questions I had about transporting them home in my car! Thanks!). They are about 7 weeks old in these pictures. I bought them from a breeder with the intent to start my own small flock.

    Two hens and a rooster...the rooster is the lightest of the three (nice thing about the cuckoo marans, you can tell the sex by color, even as tiny chicks! Very convenient).


    Roo is the one furthest to the right:
    http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb242/BrookValley/DSCF0073.jpg

    Roo is behind the girls:
    http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb242/BrookValley/DSCF0067.jpg

    I'm in love! They are the coolest chickens ever (no, I'm not biased at all....[​IMG]).
     
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    Very nice birds!! I have 6 Cuckoo marans Myself, they are 6 weks old now. I just adore them![​IMG]
     
  3. SunChick

    SunChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice Birds! My Roos have a lot of silver, but my hens compared to yours are almost black with very very little white. [​IMG] Have fun with them! Can't wait to have them lay DARK eggs!
     
  4. quiltymare

    quiltymare Out Of The Brooder

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    Congrats! It's going to be very cool to see how dark your eggs are. Marans are great birds! What are their names?
     
  5. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    Maryland
    Thanks! Yes, we are very excited to see what they lay. They should be decent...I guess it can be hit-or-miss sometimes with these guys as to just how dark their eggs are, but the breeder we bought them from is very diligent about breeding not only for quality/type but also egg color. The eggs he was hatching were pretty dark...I think he's been getting mostly 6s and 7s with some 8s on the Marans color scale from the hens these guys were hatched from...so I have a good chance of getting some nice eggs.

    Because they are a French breed, we went with French names. [​IMG] Louis is the rooster; Camille and Odette are the girls.

    Up until now I've just kept a few hens (random breeds, not Marans) for eggs for us for eating. I've never had any for breeding. I think I'm developing a serious chicken addiction.... [​IMG]
     
  6. lhamid

    lhamid Out Of The Brooder

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    Crunchie, you will love your Marans. I raise them too. I have Cuckoos like yours and recently started with Black Coppers (really dark eggs from Pres. of American Marans Club!). They are so friendly, calm, and good layers. Roosters are gentle giants. Hens occasionally go broody and are very good moms. They are a wonderful breed!
     
  7. quiltymare

    quiltymare Out Of The Brooder

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    Love the names...

    Chicken addictions are good!!!

    Linda, I'd love to see pix of your Black Coppers... your Cockoo Marans are lovely.
     
  8. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    Maryland
    I'd like to see pics of your black coppers, too!! I'm just starting small with the trio of cuckoos, but I know I'm going to want black coppers eventually, too. They are really beautiful birds!
     
  9. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

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    Beautiful!
    And you know you are in the right place for your addiction among all of us enablers!! [​IMG]
     

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