White Feathers Copper Black marans

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DENALI, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. DENALI

    DENALI Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What are your expectations for breeding Copper Black Marans in regards to having a few white feathers? Or a few feathers that have white tips? Acceptable?
     
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If it was my breeding flock they would be removed quickly. As would any progeny from them.
     
  3. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like the white tips.
     
  4. DENALI

    DENALI Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:But what if you were getting consistent #6 eggs on the marans chart from these birds well into their laying cycle? You could breed the white feathers out of them in subsequent generations.
     
  5. greenmulberry

    greenmulberry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I was breeding Marans, dark egg color would be the number one characteristic I bred for. Feather color would be a lesser consideration.

    If I was buying eggs from you I would be much happier hatching out hens that laid DARK eggs, and had some white tipped feathers, than hens with perfect color feathers and laid a lighter egg.
     
  6. silkieluvr

    silkieluvr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with the abouve post, go for color of eggs over feather color
     
  7. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    No reason you can't have both conformation and egg color. If the bird doesn't meet the breed criteria it isn't a Marans though. Dark eggs are only part of what makes a Marans, a Marans.

    You can breed white tips out "eventually". So, if you are in this for the long haul, you are part way there and careful mating and selection will take you the rest of the way. Be aware that white can be a real problem to deal with.

    You have to understand, at the stage I am at with Marans I would not risk breeding a bird like that back into my line no matter how good the egg color. It would simply take me years to undo the dilution.

    I also personally have to disagree with those who say concentrate on egg color. The hardest part is body/feather conformation and egg color is easy to manipulate from there. Many birds out there have feathering that is far to tight and overall bad conformation. North America has a long ways to go before Marans will be consistent enough to be included in the APA and only a handful of breeders seriously working to that end.

    I can only answer the question honestly and based on my own experience.
     
  8. Kev

    Kev Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:It's well known that it is usually a challenge to have multiple different desired traits into the same animal. An animal that looks "beautiful" but produces/behaves poorly or vice versa is a very common theme throughout domesticated animals. It's not that easy.

    I'm curious. How common are reliable #6> egg producing hens in America?
     
  9. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If you are speaking of lines from real Marans breeders #5 - 6 is common. If you include hatchery stock then I would say not common.

    Once you go beyond a 6 then they are a challenge to maintain.
     
  10. joecjoec

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    hi, where can i get 12 copper black maran eggs for hatching? thankyou, joe
     

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