Cuckoo Marans Coloring Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Cheers2Ya, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. Cheers2Ya

    Cheers2Ya Songster

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    Hi! I have a Cuckoo Marans that was my "free rare" from a hatchery order. I'm sure since he's from a hatchery, instead of a breeder, his coloring my not be perfect. But I'm wondering why he has a gold sheen to his black and whiteness? Is that what is referred to as 'color leaking'?

    It's really difficult to capture in pictures, but is seen well with the eye. I hope you can see what I'm talking about, though.
     

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  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Yes, that would be red leaking through I *think*. Looks like kind of a fun crazy pattern. :love

    So their "rare" cuckoo Marans don't have feathered legs? :rantThat makes me crazy... cuckoo seems to be the most widely available color in the Marans. I see them at feed stores all the time for around $4. NONE with feathered legs... Talk about marketing BS. I doubt their egg color is anywhere close to the (French) standard of perfection. :barnie

    Looks like the standard may allow for slightly different coloring in the males... I only raise black and blue copper but I see it referred to as straw color in this link...
    http://www.maransofamericaclub.com/cuckoo-marans.html

    Being someone who strives very hard for excellence in my breeding stock... I can say that leakage happens to breeders to and not just hatchery birds. At least getting hatchery... you basically now what to expect... and it usually doesn't include disease!

    I really have good luck with the demeanor of my Marans roosters so far. I like them a lot! :pop
     
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  3. KikiLeigh02

    KikiLeigh02 Free Ranging

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    How old is he? I wonder if maybe he's a hatchery quality Golden Cuckoo Marans?
     
  4. Cheers2Ya

    Cheers2Ya Songster

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    Thank you for the reply EggSighted. He's a great rooster, no issues with him at all. I was just curious about the gold-like look and couldn't find any info on it.
     
  5. Cheers2Ya

    Cheers2Ya Songster

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    Hi Kiki, thanks for the reply! I got him in a day-old shipment March 2 this year. Who knows what he's supposed to really be?! haha

    Edited to say: I went back to MM website and it looks like Cuckoo Marans is the only variety they sell. I found a short blurb about Black Copper Marans, but none for sale.
     
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  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Free Ranging

    Ya, when I was thinking about this outside... I wondered about the leakage actually being gold and not red. Seems like *maybe* they are gold or silver based. :pop

    Really I don't know much... just enough to be curious, have some fun, and maybe create a little confusion. :oops: So don't take my word on this subject... but you might use it as clues for things to look at on your learning adventure. :wee
     
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  7. Dona Worry

    Dona Worry Crowing

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    Holy smokes. Here is an elderly feral roo on the farm.
    He's just a barnyard mix, but spitting image of yours, right down to the yellow leakage!
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  8. Cheers2Ya

    Cheers2Ya Songster

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    Is he a mix or full Cuckoo Marans? Awesome!
     
  9. Dona Worry

    Dona Worry Crowing

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    Neither!! Just a mutt! It's such a funny thing!
     

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