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Cuckoo Maran Hen 7 1/2 months old

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by DebBee, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. DebBee

    DebBee Hatching

    Jan 22, 2013
    Hello Chicken folks, I have a Cuckoo Maran who is now 30 weeks old. She has not laid an egg. I have 5 other hen of varying breeds and they are all laying. 4 of the 5 have been laying since July and my Welsummer started about a month ago. Is this typical for a Cuckoo Maran?
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Do you have a picture?

    I'm always curious---how do you know a specific bird isn't laying?
  3. x2 Unless you mean you haven't got any typical Maran Chocolate Eggs. I read that not all marans lay chocolate eggs, some lay lighter brown eggs.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2013
  4. WalkingOnSunshine

    WalkingOnSunshine Crowing

    Apr 8, 2008
    x3, it's most often the cuckoo Marans that lay the lighter eggs, especially hatchery birds.
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

    Jul 24, 2013
    X4 A photo would help.
  6. popsicle

    popsicle Songster

    I have three cuckoo Marans from Cackle Hatchery that are 25-weeks old. Today was the first time I've caught one in the nestbox. Her egg, while not as dark as the FBCM I had a few years ago, is noticeably darker than any of my other brown egg layers. So, I'm still waiting for the other two to start laying. My FBCM were 30-some-weeks old before they started laying.

    Lack-of-coffee final ETA:
    If you want to be certain the hen isn't laying, you could try putting some food coloring on her vent.

    I don't automatically doubt that somebody knows if their hen is laying or not. At some point or another I've seen every one of my birds lay an egg; and with a small, mixed flock, the eggs can be quite individualistic.
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2013
  7. DebBee

    DebBee Hatching

    Jan 22, 2013
    Thank you all for you comments on my Cuckcoo Maran. I have been off of here for the last 3 months or so. I left and went to Portland the end of September for the birth of one on our grandsons. While I was gone my daughter took care of our chickens and the Cuckcoo Maran started laying about a week after we left. We are back now and all our girls are doing great and laying good even in this cold weather. ;-)

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