Barred Rocks and Cuckoo Marans look identicle???

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BYOChickens, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. BYOChickens

    BYOChickens Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 23, 2010
    Hey folks, I added some cuckoo's last week to the flock and they look exactly like my older barred rock. Is this accurate or are these the same birds? My barred lays brown eggs right now (not dark brown) and so I will have to wait until the younger birds start laying. Are there some other differences I should see or can expect between the two variations? Oh well, any thoughts would be apreciated. Also any thoughts on these two types of birds?
  2. HenThymes

    HenThymes pippin ain't easy

    Feb 27, 2010
    Foothills of NC
    By standard Plymouth Rocks have Yellow legs and Marans have White legs. Depending on where you got them they could even be a cross??
  3. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

    Jun 1, 2009
    Are you talking about Hatchery Stock or Breeder stock?

    Hatchery stock will look pretty much the same but breeder stock should look nothing a like.

  4. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona

    Hatchery barred rocks may or may not have yellow legs (the ones I have had did not), and the barring may be pretty fuzzy. Exhibition lines of barred rocks will be much larger than hatchery birds, will have yellow legs and crisp, precise lines of barring. Think of it as looking like lines drawn with a marker while using a straight edge. Cuckoo barring, in comparison would look like lines drawn freehand with a crayon or piece of chalk. I've not seen any hatchery marans (that I know of), so I can't say how far off their barring would be, but I suspect it would not be as fuzzy as exhibition cuckoo birds.

    Also, marans may have lightly feathered legs, depending on the breeding.
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Breeder stock marans will have much less white in their barring. The barring will also be messier than the BR.

    As others stated, the BR have yellow legs, and the marans have white/pink. I do have a BR who somehow got pink legs. Both parents were pure BR with yellow legs. I assume there was something mixed in a few generations before.
  6. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    Oh it should be pretty easy to tell them apart, just listen...

    Your Barred Rock will sound American and your Marans should have a French accent!

    It's all in the cluck. [​IMG]
  7. Roosterfry

    Roosterfry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 26, 2010
    North Mississippi
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  8. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

    May 2, 2010
    Quote:[​IMG] And the Cuckoos will say, "oooo la la" when they lay an egg! If they are hatchery Cuckoos, don't expect the eggs to be much darker than the BRs. [​IMG]
  9. cjwaldon

    cjwaldon Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 11, 2011
    Missouri, USA
    My Coop
    I have hatchery BRs and hatchery Cuckoo Marans. The BRs are barred where as the CMs are mostly black with a hint of barring, but I can't really call it barring. The CMs have smaller combs. Their legs are pinkish white while the BR legs are yellow. I really like the BR personalities better. The BRs seem to be more mellow and more people friendly.
  10. Roosterfry

    Roosterfry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 26, 2010
    North Mississippi
    I had three cuckoo marans one time from cackle hatchery. Two started out laying a 2 on the marans scale and NEVER laid darker than a 2 and the third hen would occasionally lay a 4 and lighten to a 2. And one of the cuckoo hens had spurs [​IMG] needless to say I won't be buying any cuckoo marans from cackle hatchery anymore.

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