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Cuckoo Maran hen Chicks getting feathers on their legs...is it normal?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by amartinlb, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. amartinlb

    amartinlb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All four of my Cuckoo Maran chicks that were all sold as pullets are growing some feathers on their legs. They were all bought at a feed store that I believe got them from Ideal Poultry. Is it normal for Cuckoo Marans to get some feathers on the legs because none of the pictures in our beginner books on chickens show feathers on that breeds legs. The one book I think mentioned that in France they are starting to show feathered legs but ours are from an American hatchery...

    I can take a few pictures tomorrow if you guys would like be to so I can show you what I am talking about.

    -Anna
     
  2. ve

    ve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ideal has feather leged Cuckoo Marans
     
  3. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

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    You want the feathers on their legs. When the Marans club goes to get them in the APA, they will have to have featherd legs..........
     
  4. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Oh, really? I have not kept up with this. All varieties will need feathered legs? Which varieties are they looking to approve?
     
  5. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

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    All colors of Marans will have to have featherd legs when they are put in the APA. They are working on the BC right now, then wheaton and then the cuckoo. They are working on a few other colors as well, but I cant remember what they are right now.
     
  6. warhorse

    warhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does black copper not include blues?
     
  7. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

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    Im not sure about that. I'll have to check and get back to ya on that.
     
  8. amartinlb

    amartinlb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So assuming mine color properly, they'd be considered pure or accurate Cuckoo Marans once the variety is accepted by the APA?
     
  9. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    Yes feather wise, but they also will have to lay the desired color of egg to be a TRUE marans. Which I believe to be a #4 on the chart.
     
  10. cottagegarden

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    That's neat you got feather legged Cuckoos at the feed store. From people I know who have gotten the hatchery ones most lay a light egg like any brown egg layer, but some arent that bad on color.
    I think we will see a lot of things change as the APA acceptance continues to be worked on but I had heard that both clean and feathered legged would be accepted into the APA for Cuckoos.
    We will see.
     

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