Abstract There is increased incidence of human copper deficiency (CuD). A sensitive and reliable blood biomarker may reveal additional cases of marginal deficiency. Two experiments were designed to test the hypothesis that the copper chaperone for superoxide dismutase (CCS) would be a robust marker after marginal CuD. Experiment 1 used weanling male Sprague-Dawley rats that were offered a CuD diet for 4 weeks, and samples were evaluated after 1, 2, and 4 weeks and compared with copper-adequate (CuA) controls. Furthermore, iron-deficient rats were included for comparison after 2 weeks of depletion. Red blood cell and plasma cuproenzymes were evaluated through Western blot analysis. Superoxide dismutase (Sod1) and ceruloplasmin protein were found to be altered by both iron and CuD, whereas CCS and CCS/Sod1 ratio were found to only be altered only in CuD rats and, importantly, after only 1 week of treatment. Two weeks on CuA diet restored cuproenzyme levels to control values after 4 weeks of CuD depletion. In experiment 2, marginal CuD (CuM) rats were compared with CuA and CuD rats after 2 weeks of treatment. Superoxide dismutase, ceruloplasmin, and CCS/Sod1 abundances were lower in CuM and CuD groups compared with CuA rats, but there was no statistical difference between CuM and CuD rats. However, CCS was statistically different between all groups, and abundance highly correlated with liver copper concentration. Results suggest that red blood cell CCS may be an excellent biomarker for diagnosis of rapid and marginal CuD.