What do I need to know about hatching copper maran eggs.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lorrir, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. lorrir

    lorrir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just received 12 copper maran eggs in the mail. I think I read somewhere that they need different temps and more humidity I can't find the link.
     
  2. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    Days 1 - 18 @ 99.5 - 100.5 F and 45 % humidity (using a fan)
    Days 19 - 21 @ same temps and 65% humidity (using a fan)
     
  3. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    contact the person you bought the eggs from and see what they recommend - - -it should be close to what I just suggested.

    Buzz over and visit the marans thread . . . We love to see baby chick pictures too!

    Good luck with the hatch.
     
  4. lorrir

    lorrir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, I was just double checking, I did read most of the 48 pages on the maran thread before I asked. LOL. I thought I read somewhere that because the shells where darker they were thicker and therefore needed more humidity or higher temps.
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Yes, I'd check with the breeder that sold them to you. I have some coming in the mail just prior to Dec. 11 for my New Year's Day Hatch along. I think my breeder said that because of the extra thickness in the shell (that extra layer of dark) that she recommended a LOWER humidity for the first 18 days (35%) so as to add in evaporation and to give the chick the room it needs to get out. I could be wrong!... but that's what I think she said.

    During last years New Years Day Hatch I had 18 eggs shipped from East Texas to Arizona. of the 18, only 2 didn't develop, due I'm certain, to the POs rough handling and out of the 16 at lockdown, 11 hatched. 5 were fully formed and just didn't get out of the shell. I kept 4 pullets and 1 roo and rehomed the other 6 because I didn't feel they properly conformed to standard.

    This year I'll be doing the same as I have had much better luck doing a dry hatch. Days 1-18 at 35% and then 65%to 70% at lockdown.

    Good Luck!
     
  6. lorrir

    lorrir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did get a PM back from the breeder. They indicated a lower humidity too. Thanks
     
  7. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I have hatched a lot of Marans eggs (both my own and shipped) with good hatch rates and I don't do anything different for them. Same temps and humidity that I do my other eggs at. The fact that they are shipped will have much more bearing on your hatch rate than anything else.
     
  8. lorrir

    lorrir Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually count on the fact that I won't get a 100% hatch rate. I have the "more is better" disease and a lower hatch rate compensates for my illness. Chicken math.
     
  9. Jackie B.

    Jackie B. Paris Mtn. Eggs

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    Lorir, Where do you live if you don't mind me asking? I'm in Greenville near Furman. Where are you?

    -Jackie
     
  10. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:ditto. I do not do anything differently than all the other eggs.
     

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