Barred Rock vs. Marans

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by chicknadventure, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. chicknadventure

    chicknadventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I bought what I thought were 2 BR, but they look slightly different. At first, I put it towards being older/younger, but I JUST found a pic of a black and white marans hen (this is from the internet, mine are still babies)
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    and now I am wondering if maybe I got one of these by accident? The breeder had at least 50 chicks that were supposedly 8 weeks old in one bin. I just grabbed 2 that looked like BR's.

    Are there any distinguishable things that could tell me if the other is a Marans, other than laying an egg :) Like leg color?

    And yes, I can go get pics, but probably not til morning. my hubby might think I was insane to go out and get a chick at almost midnight... :)
     
  2. Sister Marie

    Sister Marie Out Of The Brooder

    I am having the same situation . We bought three BR all at a few days old and one is black and white but totally different feather patterns... actually most exquisite looking, but I think she is a he because of the comb he/she is growing. They are all almost 11 weeks old now and I'm worried that the one who might be a ROO will fertilize my hens and trying to find out when I will have to separate the male from the females. Good luck
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    I think marans have white legs, and rocks have yellow legs. Barred birds are usually pretty crisply patterned, cuckoo birds are a little muddier.
     
  4. thompsonfarm

    thompsonfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    marans have white/ light pink legs
     
  5. chicknadventure

    chicknadventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And BR's have yellow, right?
     
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  6. chicknadventure

    chicknadventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oooo post some pics if you have them! the people here are amazing!
     
  7. SIMPleChick

    SIMPleChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, MArans have white/black legs and I think a smaller head! LOL! In my experience they do not look as barred as youngsters...having more black with white spots rather than black and white stripes......If that makes sense! Here were 2 marans that I have when young.
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    And BRs have yellow/black feet and come in more striped! Like my mumford here!
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    Hope this helps! P.S. I love both, BUT BRs are my fav!!!!
     
  8. SIMPleChick

    SIMPleChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    P.S. The top one is a boy and the bottom ones were girls!
     
  9. chicknadventure

    chicknadventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will check them in the morning, and if there are not clearly yellow legs, I will be posting pics on this thread :)
     
  10. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Here was my maran cockerel at 4 weeks. He had pink legs with no black wash on the front. His legs were turning white.

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    I took him back and traded for the last remaining pullet from the same shipment. She has much more white on her now then this pic.
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    The only difference between the two are leg and egg color. BR's have yellow legs and cuckoo marans have pink/white legs, marans lay chocolate colored eggs and BR lay a lighter brown eggs. Both breeds have the same feather color/concept. This is the cuckoo maran only.
     
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