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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:17 pm 
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Ok, here's Nugget at 7 weeks, fairly sure he's a cockerel?

Your thoughts?

Is he looking like you would expect a Blue Copper to look like or is his colouring showing the influence of the Blue Wheaton Roo?


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:35 pm 
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Ok, Marion's parents are from the same pen as Nugget (possibly different Hens), so Blue Wheaton Roo over Black Copper Hens.

Marion is behaving like a "little hen" however I'm not sure if I'm just being optimistic?

Again thoughts on colouring and gender please :-D


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:59 pm 
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Here's Legs, it's comb is in between Nugget and Marion for size, however is a soft pink.

Body colouring is similar to my older Wheaton Hens with the addition of banding, however being from a Silver Cuckoo Roo over Wheaton Hens, colour may not be a way of determining gender.

Thoughts on gender and colouring would be great please :-D

These hatching's are not from my own hens, hence the mixed coloured parents, I thought I was buying Blue/Black Copper Mararns and Sliver Cuckoo Marans eggs :-(


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:15 pm 
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from these new photos yes nugget is a boy but marion and legs look girlish so i think you have 2 pullets, not sure about colours as i havent had these breeds.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:56 pm 
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Thanks heaps klw,

I hope you are right, 2 pullets would be lovely :yess


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:16 pm 
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I think the first two are both blue copper and the last one is Wheaton, and to me 1 cockerel and 2 pullets


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:50 pm 
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Thanks mycoola,

I was fairly sure Nugget was a cockerel and Marion a pullet, however with Legs whilst the colouring is Wheaton I didn't know if that was still an accurate way to tell, as both parents are not Wheaton.

Thanks for taking the time to reply :th


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 12:46 pm 
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Legs looks like my Wheaton pullets did. I still have one left, a good layer, never broody, small frame and feeding requirements


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:32 pm 
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Hi All,

Just an update on our Marans they are now 18 weeks old and their genders have been clear for a few weeks, I'll attach the last photos I took of them at 15 wks (before my camera died) and hopefully I'l get some more photos soon.

Nugget is a lovely gentle cockerel, happy to be around people and always looking out for his hatch sisters, he's starting to show an interest in our older hens too :-)

Marion is growing into a real "little hen" and still looking after her brother.

Legs has stayed Wheaton? and is very much a loner, she still has very long legs compared to her hatch siblings.

Not a bad out outcome from our fertile eggs, 2 pullets and a cockerel in the 3 Marans with 3 pullets and 2 cockerels in the 5 Red Anconas.

Anyone looking for a Red Ancona Cockerel, I have pictures of Choco and Doc :-)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:18 pm 
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Just for interest I also asked the breeder that the eggs came from if I could have pictures of the parents, these are their photos.

At the time of buying I was told that the eggs where from Blue/Black Copper Marans and Silver Cuckoo Marans (in separate pens) it wasn't until Legs was looking "different than I expected" that I asked the breeder "was it possible that she could have another colour in her" that is when I was told both the Roo and Hen colours :huh?

Blue Wheaton Roo over Black Copper Hens, Marion (she looks like a Blue Cooper) and Nugget (he's looking like his Dad), is this how the Blue Cooper colouring was developed?

Silver Cuckoo Roo (although he doesn't look like other pictures I've seen of Silver Cuckoos) over Wheaton Hens, Legs is a lot lighter than these hens and different again than 2 older Wheaton hens I have, I guess that's what happens when you mix colour varieties though.

Also in the future will I only be able to breed and sell chicks from this hatching as project colours?

It'd be great to hear your thoughts on the parent colour combinations and any possible benefits the breeder may have been trying to achieve.

Thanks for your time and knowledge :th


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