Who has really good black marans, NOT copper black.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by onthespot, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    I am wondering if anyone seriously breeds this variety any more. Seems like the copper blacks may be the demise of straight blacks... Anyone know any breeders with red eyed (or even gold or brown) and hopefully feather legged and have dark eggs?
     
  2. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    I think Bev Davis has solid black.
     
  3. onthespot

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    She has hens but no roo. [​IMG]
     
  4. drom

    drom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2008
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    Well, someone in the Marans Chicken Club named Totrllamas has pictures of Blacks posted. The Rooster actually has some other color on his hackles it looks like, but he is not BC and the hens in the pics don't look like BC either; they are absolutely jet black. Also,hHave you tried Margaret (Endless Farm)? She has just almost every variety . I think she even had Columbian.
     
  5. drom

    drom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 12, 2008
    California
    Oh, you know who does-Ray Valentine. http://www.vhatchery.com/Black Marans.jpg They look like they are clean leg

    Not sure how true to type they are or anything, that's such an uncommon variety, but it sounds like it would be a fun project to bring the variety along.

    I hope you find some.
     
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  6. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I may end up with some next year. I plan to breed my wonderful looking single barred rooster to a cuckoo hen. As I understand,I will get some blacks from that mating.
     
  7. onthespot

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    Quote:Thanks. I looked at his site and it looks like he mixes black and copper black. I am looking for true black.
     
  8. onthespot

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    Quote:I would be interested in those, even if they end up with a lot of purple barring. My two hens look like they already came from such a cross. Their eyes are big and nearly black. I wish they were brown, red, or even tan instead of black. Here is one of my two black hens. The look about alike.
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    How is your egg color? I only have one black hen laying, and her eggs I am happy with. They are the dark ones in this basket.
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