The Black Copper Marans were accepted into the APA a year and a half ago shortly followed by the Wheaten Marans. The Cuckoo Marans variety was the next variety the Marans Club was going to work on getting accepted into the APA. I talked to a Marans Breed at the Poultry Show I attended on Saturday who was on the Cuckoo Standards Committee and he told me that the Cuckoos were NOT going to make it as a recognized variety by the APA. He said that most of the Cuckoo Marans lines have clean shanks. The breed standard that was accepted for the Black Copper Marans and Wheaten Marans was for a feathered shanked bird. Since lots o people with the Cuckoo variety prefer the clean shanks they are going to leave the Cuckoos out of APA since it doesn't have the required 50% or better conformance to the breed standard. You can't have your cake and eat it too. You can either meet the breed standard and get APA recognition, or you can breed to what you like and NOT be an APA recognized breed. Since the Cream , Gold, and Silver varieties already exist, APA is not going to accept them into an American standard if they are not the same breed as the British shandard defines. APA doesn not allow breeders to redefine something that already exists. We are working to get the cream variety to conform to the written breed standard over the next five years. After than I could see recognition for the white variety coming next since breeders are already working on it. The Gold and Silver varieties will probably end up like the Cuckoo Marans. They will still be around because that is what people like, but they will probably not be accepted into an APA standard since the Gold and Silver colors already exist with written standards for non-crested and white egg laying. We are not creating new breeds, just working on a breed that already exists. For APA to recognize the Gold and Silver varieties in North America they will likely have to be non-crested birds that produce white eggs, just like the Cream varriety will have to have cream plumage, cresting, and produce blue eggs.