Cuckoo Marans roo with golden streaks on wings/back?!? (Photo)

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Andora, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    What does it mean when a cuckoo Marans has very light golden patches on his back, along his wings?

    He used to be all cuckoo until recently. At first I thought he was just dirty, it almost looks like he slept under the roost pole. [​IMG] Then I caught him and checked it closer and realized those were actually feathers coming in a golden color.

    I don't really care if he's a perfect cuckoo marans, but I'm curious if this will effect the chicks he fathers. They will be all barnyard mixes, but the previous cuckoo Maran fathered all barred chicks. Will his be all barred or will the golden coloring come into play for some surprises?
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2009
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    It would help if you would post a photo. Could be sunburned feathers or ... Barring is incompletely dominant. If the babies receive a barring gene, it will show unless turned off by something like recessive white.
     
  3. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Barring is incompletely dominant.

    I think in the case of barring the term is "dose dependent".​
     
  4. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    They will be all barnyard mixes, but the previous cuckoo Maran fathered all barred chicks. Will his be all barred or will the golden coloring come into play for some surprises?

    If he has two genes for barring all of his offspring will inherit a barring gene from him.
    The gold could be the result of various things, but it will not alter the inheritance of barring.​
     
  5. blackdotte

    blackdotte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Two possibilities,if he was previously correct, UV radiation (sunlight) has bleached some of his plumage. See what he looks like after he moults.
    Secondly,if he has always had these gold feathers, he is split for silver & gold. Cuckoo Marans should be silver based.
    David
     
  6. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Here's a picture. The gold is pretty faint but you can see it clearly from a few feet away when you look at him.

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    His hatch mate, another roo, is totally black and white. No gold.
     

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