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Difference in cuckoo marans and barred rock at hatching?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jrobertson, May 6, 2011.

  1. jrobertson

    jrobertson Robertson's Rare Poultry

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    I raise both breeds currently and do not keep the chicks seperate at hatch. I just wait til they feather out to tell which is which. I know adult cuckoo marans have white legs and barred rocks have yellow but i was wondering if there were any clear defining marks to tell them apart at the hatch. Thanks.
     
  2. Debbi

    Debbi Overrun With Chickens

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    Well, Cuckoo Marans should have feathered shanks/toes, but a lot of them are clean legged. Why not just seperate them at hatch time? I don't have Cuckoos, but I believe the females are darker than the males at birth, and the males may have a light spot on their heads? The legs should be lighter than the BRs after a few days as the yolk sac is absorbed too. I know with the Black Copper Marans, the new borns have a yellowish tint to the legs for the first few days, then turning to slate and pink. May be something to watch for in the Cuckoos verses BRs?
     
  3. jrobertson

    jrobertson Robertson's Rare Poultry

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    Quote:I am in the process of building a hatcher so i can keep them seperate at hatch time. My cuckoos are clean legged and because of that, i wanted to find some feather shanked ones from good lines to replace them with. But until then, I've got the problem. Both breeds are are almost identical at hatch.
     
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