Originally Posted by FlyGap
Have any of you guys had Black Copper Marans? I've been thinking about getting some, found a great breeder and possibly ordering some hatching eggs...
Dreamcatcher don't you have some? Do they ever go broody?
So far they are at the top of my list...
Here is what I want:
Dark brown eggs, lol yeah marans would do it!
Average to above average production
Broody, very very broody!!
I don't really want Cochins or Alstrops. I need a tougher bird.
I've looked at BYC, and all over trying to figure out my next flock. Just can't make up my mind! ARG!!!
I have BC Marans. The roo turned mean even thought they are supposed to be nice birds. They are not as hearty as the other birds and do stop laying completely in the winter, but the eggs they do lay are beautiful!
Keep in mind though, it gets much colder and winters stay pretty much cloudy and overcast here. I don't have lights or heat in the coop what-so-ever so they are at least heary enough to make it through our winters just fine.
Mine went broody and hatched turkey eggs last summer.
I also have Welsummers who lay dark eggs as well, but like the Marans they stop laying in winter. Not broody either.
For good broody birds, my Speckled Sussex have been the best! They will hatch anything! Close behind them are my Silver Laced Wyandottes.
Australorps are very tough and hearty birds like the Sussex and will lay all winter (so will White Plymouth Rocks)
I have three Aust. And my friend has 25. Last October her young 6 month old Aust. Pullet layed and hatched out 15 chicks! Terrific birds!
Originally Posted by Animallover707
my RIR babies(approx 4 months), they don't look purebred to me... anyone else think they are mixed?
They could be mixed or sometimes purebreds (like Australorps) have some off colored feathers until they get through their first real molt.
Dunno. It does seem like they have a tad bit too much black. Maybe they are mixed with production reds or New Hampshire reds, who have dark feathers.