Golden cuckoo maran or olive egger?

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  1. chelseajgoss

    chelseajgoss Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys! Anyone who could help would be great!
    So i got a golden cuckoo maran from a feed store. And i also have 2 black copper marans that i got from a breeder. One of them is laying an olive egg. And im not sure who. I can deal with it if its the golden maran thats laying it. Since i will be breeding, i dont want the babies to lay eggs like that. Anyways, if its the golden laying those eggs, its fine, because i dont wanto sell her babies, i will know just not to use those for hatching. My 2 black marans though, if ones not pure, and laying green, i dont want to be accidentally hatching out the goldens babies thinking its the blacks. Is there a way to breed and get birds that look like golden marans? I mean, the breeder was pretty good at keeping all her birds seperate. And they look like true coppers. Any help would be appreciated![​IMG]
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  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Good lord, are feed stores carrying Golden Cuckoos now?? Hmm. That was quick.

    Since it came from a hatchery the supposed Golden Cuckoo could be anything, really, though taking a glance at it I'd guess that's what it is. Hatcheries can tamper pretty well with things in just a few generations though.

    The "Marans" in the back is showing a modified pea comb and a distinctly Easter Egger-y face. I'd guess she's your olive layer. Easiest way to tell who's laying what is to cage each bird off for a few days until you find the culprit.
     
  3. chelseajgoss

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    Are you talking about the wyandotte? Who happend to sneak in the picture haha. Or do you mean one of the marans?
     
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop


    Sorry, I should have been clearer. I'm referring to this girl here:

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  5. chelseajgoss

    chelseajgoss Out Of The Brooder

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    This is the egg compared to one of my comets
     
  6. chelseajgoss

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    Perfect. I will put her in with the lonely broody on monday and let you know for sure! I guess i wont be too upset if she lays a green egg, i paid for 2 and she threw in the 3rd for free because she wasnt sure on sex
     
  7. rebrascora

    rebrascora Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What colour legs does the golden cuckoo coloured bird in the background of the first picture have? I'm assuming that is the one that you bought as a marans from the feed store and that would be the most likely place for a mix up. Also what type of comb does it have? It looks to be a small single comb but the photo isn't close enough.

    It's certainly a pretty egg, so I wouldn't be too unhappy about it.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    agree with Queen Misha
     
  9. chelseajgoss

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    The golden cuckoo js suplosed to lay dark brown like the other marans. I will post a picture of mine in just a minute
     
  10. chelseajgoss

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    here are 4 of my maran eggs, with that green egg, and a golden comet egg.
    Ive noticed that 2 out of 4 of the maran eggs are more speckled, so maybe they come from 2 seperate chickens, and i will hopefully be able to tell them apart if the golden lays one of the dark brown ( i dont want to breed her)
     

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