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Super light-colored Black Maran Chick?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by MisfitMarie, Dec 6, 2014.

  1. MisfitMarie

    MisfitMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, everyone! I just had a question about an extremely light-colored Black Copper Maran that just hatched today! I have a few more on the way out of a clutch of six, and the rest are all extremely dark compared to this one (compared to pictures that I have seen). This is TOTALLY not a complaint, I think its so stinkin' adorable! I'm just curious! Do Black Maran chicks sometimes come out this light? It's a very pretty off-white cream color with light silvery gray markings over the back. I like that it's different.

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  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I think your black coppers have some Wheaton hiding in the mix. Lots of black copper breeders seem to struggle with this. If you bought the eggs, you should let the breeder know so they can cull appropriately.
     
  3. MisfitMarie

    MisfitMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aaaawe, OK. I'll let the breeder now! Thanks for the reply!
     
  4. ochochicas

    ochochicas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cute chick though! If it is a wheaten, you'll be able to determine gender around 2-3 weeks. The pullets will be brown/red and the cockerels will start to grow in black feathers.
     
  5. MisfitMarie

    MisfitMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks... If it is a pullet, will it still lay dark brown eggs? Ironically, it hatched out of the darkest one in the clutch. Very surprising. So I guess it would now be considered a BCM/Wheaten cross?

    This was my first hatch, and I'd love some dark egg layers. The chick does have pretty feathered legs and feet!
     
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  8. ochochicas

    ochochicas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I would think it will still lay a dark egg. If it is a pullet you'll just have to keep her long enough to find out. :)
     
  9. K Spot

    K Spot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree that a wheaten gene is in there somewhere.

    Here's my Marans chicks hatched last Friday; one wheaten and one black

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  10. MisfitMarie

    MisfitMarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    SO CUTE! They definitely look like mine. Here's another pic, of all three:

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