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 Premium Member

    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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