can't tell the difference b/t Cuckoo Maran & Barred Rock

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Penske, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. Penske

    Penske Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am supposed to have 2 Barred Rocks and 2 Cuckoo Marans.
    I can not tell the difference b/t the two! I read a post that BR have yellow legs and CM have white/grey, but at 6 days old-the legs are all the same! The legs are kind of litght orange with black smudging. The only difference is that 2 have 3 tiers of wing feathers and 2 only have 1.5.

    Can anyone help?

    Lisa
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Post a photo of their feet and the back of their heads.
     
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barred rocks have more distinct barring.
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Don't barred rocks have yellow legs with black on the fronts and marans have white legs? Or do I remember wrong?
     
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You are correct Silkie. The odd time you will hatch a marans chick with black legs. French standard Marans will have a line of feathers going down the leg also.
     
  6. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Lisa maybe these will help...

    1 day old barred rock chick...note the leg color very distinct

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    3 day old maran chicks...again note the leg color very distinctly pale... much lighter than the barred

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    You should be able to tell by their legs I would think. Sorry I do not own either to be able to compare baby pics.

    Good luck

     
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2008
  7. Penske

    Penske Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks all for your help.

    MPC confirmed that I did get 2 of each. It's funny though...the legs are all the same color! I'll guess I'll just wait and see "who's who!"

    Lisa
     
  8. Cats Critters

    Cats Critters Completely Indecisive

    I'm in the same boat! [​IMG] I ordered 2 BR and 3 CM 4 weeks old and still can't tell them apart! lol!
     
  9. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A marans will not have the same color legs as a barred rock chick. What did MPC tell you the difference was? Unfortunately, so many cuckoo marans have been crossed with barred rocks that is has really messed up the quality. I am anxious to know how they said to tell the difference.

    Richard
     
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I agree....you should be able to tell the difference by leg color if they're really Marans.
     

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