Blue marans don’t breed true, so you get a mixture of blue and splash. It looks like we have one definitely blue, and the pale dirty white one will probably end up splash, the rest.. being blue with white chests, I’m not sure – I’ve had black hens that started with white chests, chicks seem to go through several colour changes before adulthood, so we shall see. I plan to breed blue marans. Then again I also plan to breed cuckoo marans and continue with welsummers and I only have two runs. And have yet to build the second hen house…
Had hoped to get them all under one of our broodies, as that would just mean one pen, but 22 might be pushing it, and we have two sitting on fake eggs. So late last night (dusk would have done but we were not home at dusk), we were out there in the blowing wind with a couple of shoe boxes full of fluffy chicks and torches, and popped eleven under each foster mum.
Always an anxious moment, as she could turn on the chicks and kill them, but.. general clucking followed, so we retreated.
This morning, well I have not had a head count, and got a peck just from lifting a wing to take a peek! – but there are no bodies!, and I saw a few heads emerge from the feathers. So far so good.