Hi all! Speaking of marans, has anyone here had any experience with maran mutts? I've got a cuckoo maran and assorted hens (NH red, barred, white, and partridge rocks) and am considering hatching out some of the eggs. Will the maran sire genes be likely to result in a darker color at all? And since they're not necessarily heavy egg producers, will that lower production tend to carry over, or would hybrid vigor be likely to offset this? Looking to add a few young 'uns to replace some of my aging hens (and make the flock a bit bigger, of course...)
Twist of Fate, I know my cuckoo originally came from Meyer hatchery and is in fact a cuckoo maran (judging by pinkish-gray legs, stature, and conformation), and he's a big, handsome, healthy boy, but I bought him second-hand and haven't had any direct dealings with Meyer yet beyond visiting their store (very nice, clean facility). So that's all my knowledge on the subject!