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I have a statement I would like to make and hopefully it will be well received. There are many breeders who have contributed more to the development of the Black Copper Marans breed and variety than can be mentioned here. Years of passion and perseverance developing and perfecting one of God's most stubborn breeds of poultry, at least in my opinion. Why I decided to take my maiden voyage into poultry breeding with the Black Copper Marans I have not a clue. lol With that said, I would like to thank the following individuals for all their years of hard work and passion. For without it we would not have the Black Copper Marans that we see in our show rooms today. Thank you each and every one of you:
Beverly Anne Davis
The Boys behind the "Cottage Hill Line"
and of course thanks to all the breeders that I haven't mentioned and forgive me my ignorance for not knowing who you all are.
Then there are all the little people, such as myself struggling to keep from messing up all their great work. The last nine years I've worked with these five lines. I've heard all the politically correct answers to all my politically incorrect questions, of which there were many. lol What, when, how, where did you get all those eggs??
So..............without rambling on for longer than I believe I can keep your attention, I would like to introduce my own line of BCM. The HSR Line of Black Copper Marans. How so you might say, well, hard work I might add. I truly believe that you can only ride on the shirt or skirt tail as the case might be of the original breeders of these great lines for a period of time. No one perfect but all perfect in its own way. I've worked with these lines for over 8 years and I feel in all honesty I can no longer call them "this line" or "that Line" I must step up to the plate and say this is MY line.
My HSR Line. The HSR Line will be a melding of Bev Davis, Wade Jeane, Cottage Hill and Little Peddler Lines. I've selected only the BEST birds from these four flocks and have been breeding them as a side project (not for sale) for the last year or so. I will no longer be offering for sale "this line or that line" only my line. I've done all the selections in the pairs, all the culling and feel they really aren't what they started out as but instead a combination of all the best attributes of each. I truly believe the genetic diversity will only strengthen the breed.
What I have done instead is taken every pullet/hen that makes my heart go pitter patter and put them with a complimentary cockerel/rooster that hopefully will make THEIR hearts and YOURS skip a beat. I'm selling and hatching only the darkest eggs I get, the rest are going in the fridge.
The only line I will keep intact is the LP (Little Peddler) line for diversity, since it is unrelated to any US BCM lines. It will be a closed flock beginning February the 15th, 2014. A very limited supply of hatching eggs will be offered.
It's been a great ride and hopefully most of you will see the reasoning behind my shift in direction here at the ranch and stick around to see what comes next. I might even have more time to attend shows and actually start showing my birds, instead of watching others show them. :-)
Thank you for being so supportive over the years and I can honestly say that Heaven Sent Ranch remains the place:
"Where Only the Best Stuff Goes in the Box!"