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Copper Black Marans

This is one of this years breeding cockerels.  He is still young but developing nicely.  I think he is going to be a real big boy and he was hatched from a very dark egg.  








He is also a very placid and pleasant tempered bird both with me and the girls.  

Out of interest did you know that the males which are always chasing and "raping" their girls are doing just that.  

The reason they need to is the girls don't like them and don't want to mate with them.  The females have the choice to eject such unwanted sperm.  

The unwanted cockerels know this and therefore need to mate far more often to have the same chance of success as a cockerel the females find acceptable, hence they are endlessly chasing and mating.  Its the same with drakes.......so get yourself a male your females like and everyone can enjoy a quieter life all round  
aseel

maran

what a stunning bird i am in the process of trying to find some decent cuckoo marans down here  
sandrar

super isn't he  
darkbrowneggs

Re: maran

aseel wrote:
what a stunning bird i am in the process of trying to find some decent cuckoo marans down here  


If you buy 2012 Marans Club Year Book it lists all the members contact details so you may find someone that way.  Speak to Ken Nash the Club President his contact details are on the Club website.

I have hatching eggs to post at present (snow allowing) see www.darkbrowneggs.info
darkbrowneggs

sandrar wrote:
super isn't he  


Thanks S its my third or fourth try at getting a decent flock of these started, and so far I am pleased with the performance of this lot.  They came into lay just shy of 6 months without extra light before Christmas, and mostly I am getting about 5 or 6 eggs a week from them which is far more than I expected.  The colour is good - around a 5 or 6 and they are already laying about 60 gram or sometimes larger eggs.  So all in all  

The Marans Club accepted the French Standard sometime ago, but so far no-one has made the effort to get the breed standardized with The Poultry Club, though there is talk of doing so......its just finding some folk who are prepared to put in the effort to breed to standard and show at the major shows  - none at The National this year and 6 at The Fed and only 2 or 3 breeders showing I think - (I didn't go)

If carefully bred I am think they could be quite worthwhile - I shall update on my thoughts as the season progresses
sandrar

I would be interested in any updates. Very taken with the 2 Cuckoo Marans I bought from you. They are just coming back into lay after their moult.
darkbrowneggs

Thanks Sandra - I am pleased you are happy with the Cuckoos  

I will try to update this thread as the year progresses.  One of the reasons I wanted to try French Marans was to compare for myself rather than rely on "chinese whispers"   As I say I think there is quite a lot of mixed up stock out there, but so far I am happy with these.

I have kept 2 cockerels for breeding on with - one is from eggs supposedly from an imported French cockerel, and one from an imported Belgium line - some of the eggs they are producing in Belgium are absolutely stunning, really almost too dark, but if they only lay a very few dark then the colour is gone it is just pointless to my mind

The first CB pullet I tried laid about a colour 9, but the pigment ran out before she even got to the end of the egg, so you got half a very dark egg, then next day about a colour 4 -following day a colour 2 ie supermarket brown, and then no more for about a week.  

And most of her eggs were medium rather than large  
aseel

maran

thanks for that hopefully being sorted soon

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