Cuckoo Marans or Hatchery Barred Rocks??? Help Please

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by alogue5173, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. alogue5173

    alogue5173 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got two 5 1/2 week old chicks from Meyer. They were from an assortment so when I got them I had no clue as to what they were...just little black chicks. When they first started feathering I was pretty sure they were barred rocks. Now however, I'm not so sure. They are mostly black with white dots...which leads me to believe that there is a possibility that they could be cuckoo marans. I have some younger barred rocks that I got from Meyer at a later date...they are about a week and a half old now and they have the distinctive barring that the older chicks didn't seem to have. Has anyone else gotten cuckoo marans from Meyer and have pics of them around 5 weeks or so? Any opinions as to wether these chicks are hatchery barred rocks or cuckoos?

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    The chicks in question are between the two white chicks. Both chicks have single combs and are about 5 1/2 weeks old.
     
  2. ramirezframing

    ramirezframing Overrun With Chickens

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    they look like cuckoo marans do they have yellow legs? or pinkish white? maybe feathers on the legs?
     
  3. alogue5173

    alogue5173 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will have to check leg color when I get home. I do know that their legs are not feathered.
     
  4. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If their feet are pink = Marans
    If their feet are yellow = Barred Rocks.

    There's a really visible difference in color. Very easy distinction to spot.
     
  5. alogue5173

    alogue5173 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanx so much...can't wait to get home and check their feet [​IMG]
     
  6. alogue5173

    alogue5173 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pink Feet...YAY!!!![​IMG] Now...since they lay the dark eggs, if I breed with an EE roo when they get older, will the offspring lay olive eggs or does it have to be the other way around (EE hen and Cuckoo Roo)??? Does it matter which is which?
     
  7. atel

    atel Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh my! I have the same chicks from the same place and was wondering the same thing! Thank you both for the posts. Now I can figure it out too!
     
  8. goldfinches

    goldfinches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It doesn't matter. Have fun!
     
  9. alogue5173

    alogue5173 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANKS SO MUCH!!
     

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