Help identifying barred rock vs cuckoo maran chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sewhorsey, May 4, 2009.

  1. sewhorsey

    sewhorsey Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi there,

    I have a lovely batch of chicks from McMurrays...However, they added extras of both the barred rock and cuckoo marans. They are both black and yellow chicks and I cannot find images that are clear enough to help me discern between the two types. I need to split them because I ordered the barred for a friend and the marans for me.

    Does anyone have any insights or tips?

    Thanks so much! Amy
     
  2. illinichick

    illinichick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cuckoo marans have white legs
     
  3. sewhorsey

    sewhorsey Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, I just checked the legs and they all have some bit of pigment on their legs. There are some with very little, but they are no clear white legs, like on a buff.
     
  4. xtremevermonter

    xtremevermonter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe if you posted a picture someone could help identify them?
     
  5. sewhorsey

    sewhorsey Out Of The Brooder

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    Unfortunately, I have no camera. I have been trolling pics online and keep finding ones that do not clarify the situation. The birds are so similar as adults...I am checking leg color and either the marans aren't very white, or the barreds aren't very yellow, sigh...
     
  6. xtremevermonter

    xtremevermonter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do they look at all like these?
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  7. sewhorsey

    sewhorsey Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes...half of them look like that and the others are a bit more mottled with less solid black.
     
  8. xtremevermonter

    xtremevermonter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those two are barred rocks. Top is pullet, bottom is cockerel
     
  9. l'abeille

    l'abeille Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there,

    I just received barred rocks and cuckoo marans from mcmurray and am having the same problem as you--all the legs seem slightly yellowish.

    How soon were you able to really tell the difference?

    Thanks!
     

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