1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

cuckoo maran or barred rock?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by Bayford21, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. Bayford21

    Bayford21 Out Of The Brooder

    51
    0
    41
    Jul 10, 2013
    bayford virginia
    I rescued 3 hens a few months ago, two I assumed were barred rocks one Columbian wynnadotte. Well I have several barred rock hens and roosters. After reading a article on cuckoo marans I looked at the picture and they looked exactly like my two "barred rock" hens. I took a closer look and found my other BRs had yellow feet and the two in question had white feet white skin. My question is the marans are supposed to be chocolate eggers and my two lay large normal colored brown eggs. Any idea if they are marans or just barred rocks? Any other tell tale features?
     
  2. mrchicks

    mrchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,406
    125
    158
    Jul 29, 2013
    Wisconsin
    The Marans have white skin/feet. We have 4, each of them lays a different color brown. The older they get, the darker their eggs seem to be. It could just be that your hens are young.
     
  3. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    36,684
    4,683
    558
    Feb 18, 2011
    Ohio
    The Cuckoo Marans lay the lightest colored eggs of the Marans, and the hatchery Cuckoo Marans we've had laid eggs that were about the same color as the average red sex link. Dark egg color seems really easy to lose if the breeders do not select for it . From what you described, they could very well be Marans, just from a hatchery.
     
  4. Bayford21

    Bayford21 Out Of The Brooder

    51
    0
    41
    Jul 10, 2013
    bayford virginia
    That's cool if you Google cuckoo Maran hen its identical to mine, and they did come from hatchery the guy I rescued them from ordered 300 of the mixed brown egg layers, he received them end of February and put all 300 under a single heat lamp OUTSIDE he lost 50 first night. Kept them in a field where he lost almost all of them, needless to say the idiot got locked up and a neighbor called me said guy was locked and the wife wants em gone if I want them go pick em up. So now I have sugar, margie and maxey. The end lol
     
  5. mrchicks

    mrchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,406
    125
    158
    Jul 29, 2013
    Wisconsin
    Congrats on your girls! [​IMG]
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    36,684
    4,683
    558
    Feb 18, 2011
    Ohio
    Sounds like the girls were really lucky to have you go get them. That does not sound like a good beginning at all, they sure must be survivors to have made it under those circumstances. They are pretty chickens, and usually have a very nice temperament and make good pets once they know you.
     
  7. Bayford21

    Bayford21 Out Of The Brooder

    51
    0
    41
    Jul 10, 2013
    bayford virginia
    They were very flighty when I picked them up, they had been left out for at least three weeks before I was called. I had to catch them on edge of dark, there was four originally I guess a predator picked one off...after being with my crew for a couple days and some hand feeding they follow me around like puppy dogs.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by