Cuckoo Maran/ Ameraucana cross

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by O'Henry Farms, Jun 15, 2011.

  1. O'Henry Farms

    O'Henry Farms Out Of The Brooder

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    Would you get barred olive eggers with this cross? I know very little about genetics. What color Ameraucana would you need? I have had really poor luck trying to hatch these out from shipped eggs despite the eggcelent packing they've arrived in, so I thought I might start my first project. Can't wait to hear what you guys have to tell me. I love having this site as a resource!
     
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    If the CM was the sire, all would have some degree of barring. If the CM was the hen, then only the males would be barred.
     
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  3. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can indeed get barred Olive Eggers from this cross. There aren't many dark egg laying lines of Cuckoos out there, so I'd be sure what you are buying if the goal is an olive egger, and not an easter egger.

    A Cuckoo Marans rooster over black Ameraucana girls would be the best bet. You could use a blue hen as well, and then you would get blue and black barred olive eggers.

    If you wanted to be certain you were starting with dark egg color, you could use a black Ameraucana roo over a Cuckoo Marans hen, but the offspring would be sex linked. The pullets would be black, and the cockerels would be barred.

    Have fun!
     
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  4. O'Henry Farms

    O'Henry Farms Out Of The Brooder

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    This is very exciting! I have some beautiful black ameraucana hens already. Now I'm off to hunt for some cuckoo Roos! Thank y'all!
     

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