Blue Copper Marans
I love the blue color in chickens and it is particularly striking when accompanied by correct lacing as it should be. I started with the Blue Copper Marans in 2011 but my founding stock had faults that I am still trying to work through. The 2013 offspring has shown definite improvement but this color variety of Marans is still very much a work in progress. I have not yet chosen breeding stock for next year. The photos below show some of my 3 to 4 month old cockerels and pullets hatched in 2013.
● Good dual purpose bird with excellent flavored meat
● Lay nice dark brown eggs but not as dark as the Black Copper
● My breeder hens all laid large to jumbo sized eggs
● Good layers in the heat of summer when other birds have stopped
● Tolerate the heat well
● Males are beautifully colored as are the females.
● Breeding Blue to Blue produces 3 chick colors (blue, black and splash), lending color variety to a flock.
● Difficult color pattern to breed to the SOP. More culling is necessary compared to established breeds
● Blue is a difficult color to breed correctly. Some Blues will be pale, some too dark. Balancing the color requires breeding skill and patience.
● Not all hens lay the darker eggs. Breeding to SOP plus breeding for dark egg color is difficult
● Hens tend to lay in cycles. They will lay well then quit for a month or more before starting again.
● Chicks and young birds tend to be wild unless handled frequently and will carry on (flapping, screaming) when handled. Pullets will settle down once they start to lay.
● Large straight combs susceptible to freezing in cold climates
● Require a higher protein diet than a standard 17% layer, otherwise they will feather pick
● Slow to mature completely. Some faults may not show up until the bird is over 1 year old
● Blue Copper color variety is not yet in the APA Standard so birds shown can only
compete for Best of Breed