Black copper/blue copper breeding
I made a few edits on the ordering page today, and thought it would make a good topic for a post here.
We are getting tons of requests for our blue copper chicks, and we are excited to be working with and offering this color now, but for the last several years our focus has been on the blacks.
We have a limited number of blues because we will only produce blues with a black parent. It has been our experience with BBS Ameraucanas that blue/blue matings can “wash out” the color, lightening the blue and taking away the definition of the edging in the feathers. The black/blue matings give us the deeper color and contrast that makes for a more striking bird. As demand increases for the color variety, we plan on adding a full blue pen for 2019. These birds won’t be for show, but with a blue rooster over blue hens we will produce blue, black, and splash chicks. These would be great chickens for someone who just wants a variety of color in their hens, but still want the dark eggs of the copper Marans.
Our Black Copper breeding program is always bred from black. Blacks produced in the blue pens are not introduced into our black program. Blacks produced from blue tend to lose some color to dilution. They can lose their sheen, won’t seem as “glossy”, and the fluffy underfeathers can be dull. This is especially noticeable in the sunlight.
Each year the best cockerels and pullets are kept from our black pens and crossed between pens. We line breed, but we don’t use sibling matings, and all blacks are bred from black.