Difference between Cuckoo and Barred rooster?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by bheila, Oct 6, 2008.

  1. bheila

    bheila Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    So how can I tell the difference between a Barred Rock rooster and a Cuckoo Maran rooster. I thought I was getting a Barred Rock rooster and then I just saw a picture of a Cuckoo Maran rooster who has a white feather in his tail feathers and so does my rooster. I'm confused. Help please. Sorry I don't have a picture of my guy. I was going to start breeding him to my Barred Rock hens for purebred chicks, but now I can't for fear my customers won't get what they ordered.
     
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2008
  2. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Oklahoma
    Barred Rocks have yellow legs and Marans have white or "pearl" legs.

    Maran cock:
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    Production Barred Rock cock:
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    Last edited: Oct 6, 2008
  3. bheila

    bheila Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    I will be checking him out right after I take the kids to school. Thanks so much. So much to learn just doesn't seem to be enough time. I love this website! Thanks again.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That second pic you posted is the father of most of my hens.[​IMG] He belonged to helmstead and passed on this year. He produced some fine daughters, I must say.
     
  5. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Oklahoma
    hahaha! I THOUGHT he looked familiar for some reason!

    There are some new photos when you google Barred Rock. I'm happy about that! At least SOME people are getting into chickens again! lol! Gotta love 'em!

    He looks like he was VERY loved!
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    He was very much cared for. He had a massive heart attack this year and keeled over, not long after I lost my Hawkeye.
     
  7. fancyfowl4ever

    fancyfowl4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cockoos have V shaped bars on their feathers while barred birds have relatively straight bars.
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Quote:Should be that way, but hatchery BRs are muddying the waters a bit. I rarely see a BR today with really straight barring, though mine are getting better and better the further from the hatchery they get, on down the line.
     
  9. helmstead

    helmstead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    [​IMG] I miss that rooster....

    Where exactly did you find this photo? I have him posted on my site, but just wondering how you came across it.
     
  10. SusanJoM

    SusanJoM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I just did a Google Image search on "Barred Rock", and your picture came up at the top of the third page of results.

    Susan
     

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