How can two cuckoo marans pullets grow at such different rates?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Smartie_Pants, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Smartie_Pants

    Smartie_Pants Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Madisonville, KY
    I have two and one is much larger than the other. She is also getting her wattles now and her comb is growing. The other is small, with no wattles and a little bitty comb. They are both from the same hatchery and the same bunch. Does their growth rate come from the mother or father? Or both?


  2. erin0415

    erin0415 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2008
    North Texas
    Is it possible that one is a he and one is a she??? Also, are their legs different colors??
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    They both are definately pullets and the leg colors are the same...

    It could be due to genetics or feed. I would not worry too much about it.
  4. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    It's not unusual for two birds to grow at different rates. I have two sisters from the same mother and father hatched the same day, but one has a bigger comb and wattles than the other. Just think of it as the same with people...not all kids that are 5 years old are the same height and weight, so not all birds the same age will necessarily look the same, either.
  5. sara

    sara Title Needed Here

    I wouldn't worry. If you got them from a hatchery it's likely that they aren't even related which could explain the different growth rates [​IMG]
  6. Jarhead

    Jarhead Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    Interesting you asked about this. I also have 2 cuckoo maran pullets, and one is huge compared to the other. I was out with them today scratching my head and asking myself this same question. I also have 2 Welsummer pullets and there is a slight difference in size between them. All 4 of those were hatched on the same day and are 13 weeks old. The big Maran is as large as my 22 weeks old Black Star pullet that is laying a large egg every day. I have a feeling she will be a GIANT size Cuckoo maran if she keeps up this growth rate. Guess it is just an individual bird thing.

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