cuckoo maran vs barred roc

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by zachbelle, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. zachbelle

    zachbelle In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2014
    ok so i have 11 hens 5 rir 6 br. i got them from a hatchery. one egg every day is very very dark compares to the rest and i always wondered why this was well tonight i was searching around online and happened to read something about how cuckoo marans are known for theyre dark eggs. i looked up a photo and they look very similar to barred rock in my it possible i have a cuckoo maran amongst my flock?
  2. Griffinsong

    Griffinsong Songster

    May 28, 2010
    It is possible. the differences are small, but they are visible.

    Marans have white legs [pink], and might have some slight feathering on the shanks/feet. Barred rocks have clean shanks which are yellow with a blackish wash on a lot of hens.

    Barred rocks also have a straighter pattern of striping in comparison to the more wavy cuckoo of the Marans, and of course, the egg color differs :p.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2014
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Sounds very possible. I'd look for the bird with white legs. Rocks should have yellow, Marans white/pink. Marans are also "messier" looking with the barring.

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