Introducing my Black Copper Marans chicks!


Yesterday I told you all about the new breed of chicks I got, now today you get to see for yourself that they do indeed exist (in case the video didn’t convince you).

I would like to introduce you to my 4 Black Copper Marans chicks. (although one of them may be a Black Copper Marans/Lavender Orpington cross).

I won’t be naming the chicks until they’ve developed a bit of a personality.  If I were a parent I would wait until my child was the age of 5 before I named them.  Until that point I’d call them Whiskerbuttons and carry them around in a bowling bag.

Here they are … my new chicks.


Marans 1



Marans 5

Marans 2

Notice the furry/feathery legs. I love those little feathery legs. I could just eat em. And in fact have on occasion.

Marans 4

Marans 3

Marans 9

Marans 6

Marans 12


That’s the actual shell this chick hatched out of.  We recreated the moment for you through the magic of photography and a particularly slow afternoon.



Marans 7

Grass 1

Marans 8

Grass 2

Marans 13

Marans 14


I have high hopes that this one is a gal. Rumour has it that the boy Marans get their tail feathers more slowly than the hens. And this one started sprouting tail feathers almost immediately out of the shell. That would mean I have at least one girl in this group of 4.

Marans 15

Marans 16


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Below you can see the actual shells my chicks hatched out of. The woman I bought the chicks from gave them to me. So I can expect my chickens to lay this colour egg or darker, or lighter. It’s a crapshoot really.

These eggs came from the middle of her hens’ laying cycle which means they’re lighter than they are at the beginning of the laying cycle. They’re a fairly dark egg and because the rooster also came from a dark egg, chances are I too well get nice dark eggs.

Marans 17


You can see the brown egg that I normally get from my one brown egg layer (Walnut). It’s more pink than brown really.

Marans Eggs 18
So once I get to add the Marans eggs into the mix in 6 or 7 months I will have a mixture of eggs that look like this.

Marans Eggs 19

From left to right these eggs come from Walnut, (my soon to be Marans), Cuddles and Cheez Whiz. You can see how the Marans egg is shiny compared to the other, more flat looking eggs.
Marans Eggs 20

That’s it for the chicken coverage for this week, but I’ll of course be posting photos, videos and updates in the weeks to come.

If I have time that is. Watching baby chicks romp and sleep is awfully time consuming.

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  1. Dea says:

    I wondered when someone would hit on “Fuzzybutt” for a name… The chicks are really cute, and look good and healthy, which is even better.

  2. Samantha says:

    Hey Karen, might you put out the coop cam? Those babies are so entirely sweet! Love to see them in action :D

  3. Laura M says:

    I can’t believe I’m loving chicken butts but these are so…..cute…..

  4. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    I just realized………they’re born with FUR!!! kitty chicks kitty chicks

  5. Korrine says:

    I can’t even take the cuteness.

  6. Leslie says:

    ZoooooMG! They are so cute! Congratulations!

  7. Bols says:

    They are so adorable. You will have to post pics when they are adolescent and adults.
    I vote for one being named French Toast. I read on an Australian blog about somebody’s chickens and that was the name of one of them. I thought it was THE perfect name for a chicken. Maybe for the Black Copper Marans?

  8. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    You did good girlfriend..

  9. Lynne says:

    Why oh why are fluffy butts of chicks so darned cute? And those leg warmers – LOL – I’m having Flashdance flashbacks.

  10. Carole McGinnis says:

    They are sooo cute. Congrats. I am happy for you. I look foward to more posts on them and watching them grow. How exciting!

  11. jeannie B says:

    So cute! They look like tiny Muppets. “Bwok, Bwok, Bwok, Bwok!”

  12. Ruth says:

    I’m waiting around for someone to eat one of my strays so I can figure out who the owner is…. I suddenly have the urge to strike a deal for the next set of baby chicks now that they no longer seem as ‘common’ as they did last week….

    My son and I have been having the chicken conversation, because they seem to be the most useful pet we could think of (Dogs don’t lay eggs, and we don’t want their poop in our compost.) Of course, there’s the little issue of a coop…. hmmm

  13. Jake says:

    That’s it, I’m never, ever going to eat eggs or chicken again (along with beef,lamb and fugly fish) that leaves pork. Thank god pigs are not really all that cute or I may starve.

  14. kelli says:

    Guess what? Chicken butt.

    they are adorable, and those little furry legs – squeee!

    I think Whiskerbuttons is a ‘do’ – the perfect name for the fluffiest one of all.

  15. LazySusan says:

    Adorable! What cute little fluffer butts!

  16. Jan In Waterdown says:

    hmmmm, so I’m guessing the folks who invented “eggshell” finish paint didn’t know about those shiny ones eh?

  17. Kim from Milwaukee says:

    Fuzzy butts fuzzy butts!! Give me more fuzzy butts!

  18. Dagmar says:

    Awwwwwe. The one in the 9th photo looks like it has a little heart shaped feather-birth mark. Cute, cute, and cutest. So how many grown ups now, and how many new chicks? Sorry I can’t keep up? But I do admit that the first day when you put the video up, and I passed out watching it over and over again – when I came to at 3:13 am I actually googled what kind of chicks you got, because I was dying to know more. Is that cheating, or am I just over zealous ? Judge for yourself. Congratulations mamma, would you like anything for a push present?

  19. susan w says:

    The little furry/feathery leggins are awfully cute but the chickie butts are cuter.

    Only after writing this, do I see that many share that feeling for for the little fluffy bums.

    very pretty little birds.

  20. Maryanne says:

    FUZZY BOTTOMS!!!!! Your chick pics were a great way to start the day – a guaranteed smile :) I look forward to hearing about your/their adventures.

  21. Terri says:

    so precious :)

  22. Melissa in North Carolina says:

    What a wonderful way to start my day…with lots of fluffy bums and furry legs! LOVE them babies!!! I know you are having tons of fun with your new babies. Enjoy!

  23. Tigersmom says:

    Holy crap! When they bend over, they have fluffy white heart-shaped butts! So, what your saying is you want a girl with a heart-shaped ass. (Bonus points if you get the reference.)

    The one you have high hopes for not only has tail feathers, but wing ones, too. She must be an early bloomer!
    Sorry, I haven’t had enough coffee yet to be able to resist making a chicken pun.

    Your babies are beautiful.

  24. Kathy says:

    Very fashionable! They look like they are wearing skinny jeans or leggings, you pick! Cute!

  25. judy says:

    Very FIRST Rule of displaying cute adorable entrancing wee things is DO NOT mention the tastiness of their body parts! I was going to have grilled chicken today and now I have to overcome the Darling versus delicious syndrome. Shouldn’t take more than two days max! Me loves Chicken……………………Also eggs& Bacon. Love your blog-one of the Best.

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Judy! And if you think that’s hard, try BBQing while staring directly at a fluffy, live chicken. ~ karen!

  26. Kipley says:

    I just got 2 new chix to add to my flock of 2… introducing the babies to the adults is a bit of a challenge. They are all together now and the pecking order is being established without too much kerfuffle.

  27. Su says:

    thanks for letting those of us who cannot have chicks live vicariously thru you and yours…. sigh

  28. marilyn says:

    i love their little bums..will the eggs taste different

    • Karen says:

      They should taste the same as my other fresh eggs. Although the woman who I got them friend has a friend who swears the Marans eggs are better. ~ karen

      • Ruth says:

        There you go… my strays may not be mutts after all. Every JA citizen knows that ‘common fowl’ Marans eggs are the tastiest, and yolks could pass as orange in colour. Some regard that as a testament to the benefits of having them roam free, but I think it may just be a breed thing.

        I’m sure you know I’ll be watching all your chicken-related posts with interest from here on in….. as if I wasn’t already doing that. :-D

  29. Suanne says:

    What cuties! I’ve pseudo named them (for my purposes….I’m anxiously waiting to see who they REALLY are!)……..
    Eeny, Meany, Miney & Moe. :)

  30. jainegayer says:

    They are adorable!! What is the average life span of a hen?

  31. Linda J says:

    I miss having chickens and think at one time I may have had a Marans rooster. He was gorgeous, but that’s another story. I thought for sure that one you took to be a hen was a rooster. It will be interesting to see what you end up with. I hope it’s more hens, roosters can be nasty little pieces of work although mine was a real character.

  32. Bonnie G. says:

    Sorry, meant to say four legs!

  33. Bonnie G. says:

    Cute little fuzzies! I got a chuckle out of the eleventh picture – it looks like one chick with two legs. Well it could be a chick semi in tandem ! Still, too cute.

  34. Michele preece says:

    Makes me miss my Chickens and their fluffy pantalons, and oh the joy of getting the full colour collection of eggs, I had the full house too. Fingers X’d they’re all girls.

  35. Pat says:

    Such a proud momma, you are! They are all so very cute!

  36. peg says:

    thanks for sharing all those cute pics,especially all the butt shots :)

  37. dana says:

    Word on the street here is that “they” (who are these they?) are trying to get an ordinance passed that allows for backyard chickens as long as there are no roosters. I hope it happens!! We are the people that go to Tractor Supply and swoon over the chicks every spring. And then we leave. First, condolences on Norma. Very sad. How long does a chicken live? When my daughter now 5 and still nameless (lol!) was an infant I or my hubs would be in there every 15 mins to make sure she was breathing. Are the chicks outside or in the house? They are so cute!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Dana – The chicks are outside in a shed that I have with a heat lamp over them. Chickens can live anywhere for a few years to over 10 years! It’s kind of unpredictable. With Norma I just keep telling myself that she had a WAY better life than if she’d ended up at a big chicken farm, or on someone’s plate. :) ~ karen

  38. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    Everyone who is having a bad day should look at chicks. Baby anything really, but chicks are super cute. So are ducklings. When are you getting ducks?

  39. Agnes says:

    Do you ever keep the shells after using the inside? They are great for crafts. I made a “brain” head piece from eggs shells in my first year at OCAD. had the kitchen ladies at my residence save them for me. Here’s a recent photos from a Wearable Art Show in London, ON.

    • Karen says:

      OMg. THose are both GREAT! I’m especially partial to the zippered suit. Did you knit it? ~ karen!

      • Agnes says:

        He’s a Sack Boy from the video game LittleBigPlanet. I made it years ago….I had another Sack Boy suit, but unfortunately lost him in a breakup, only later to find out the costume was being sold on Kijiji for peanuts.

        And no, I don’t knit….but I do sew! I made the suit from some pajama sewing patterns and made up the rest. I have more photos of them here if you want to see!

  40. TucsonPatty says:

    I have been buying eggs from a co-worker with chickens, and they are various shades of brownish/tan. Some of them are very hard to crack open in the morning when I make my breakfast and she says it is because she feeds them the very best…I don’t know what that means, but she says lots of calcium which made sense to me. I only know the eggs are wonderful!
    Beautiful little birdies – I, too, am smitten with the legs. Have fun.

  41. Call Me Patty says:

    I love their fuzzy legs and big feet.

  42. victoria says:

    Too much cuteness!!!

  43. Nicole says:

    Absolutely adorable! My husband and I just loved these cute baby chick photos and such pretty colored eggs! Enjoy, andv thanks for sharing, Karen!

  44. Bambi Mayer says:

    They are so stinkin’ cute!! You remind me of the weirdos that want to take the placenta home after giving birth, lol.

  45. Mindy says:

    Gah, that picture of the one with its little butt up in the air. I die. They are so fucking cute. And yes, they deserved a curse word.

  46. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Kare, enjoy your new peeps!

  47. Laura says:

    Holy chick, Batman! So cute!

  48. Devon says:

    Those chicks are stunning! Really, beautiful photos. I can’t wait for more!

  49. Jamie says:

    So precious! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who did a (couple) photo shoot(s) of their baby chicks. :)

  50. Ella says:

    They are sooooooooooo cute!

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