I picked up my first Marans today!!!!!!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by SGM, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you believe it? I've watched many egg auctions but haven't taken the plunge yet. Today we saw some roosters listed. Called and they had a few roosters for sale for $10 each. Well we figured we'd ask if he had any hens, pullets, eggs or chicks. Anything. Well he said he just had roosters. So we figured we'd pick one up and put him on our RIR/layers and just hatch off some darker ones to add back to our layer flock. (I like the assorted colors for my cartons. [​IMG] )

    Anyway, we got out there and he had 6 birds, 3 pullets and 3 roosters. 3.5 months old. So as we're talking my hubby asks if he'd be willing to part with a pullet. He said the only way he'd sell a pullet is if someone bought the whole group of 6.

    So you can guess where this goes. Yes we bought all 6. [​IMG] So now I have 3 pullets and 3 rooster Cuckoo Marans. I can't believe how lucky we are!!! I can't wait to see their eggs. He said they were very very dark eggs and really big at that. So I can't wait to see. I am beside myself! Here's pictures of our newbies...

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    Its going to be one LONG wait to see their first eggs!!!
     
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Very nice!! [​IMG]
     
  3. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Beautiful I love my marans espeacially my new blue and black copper marans

    Edited to say I agree about the yellow legs and that they are rocks not marans you need to get yourself some real marans now !

    Henry
     
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  4. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Congrats on your pretty birds. I hate to tell you this, though, I am thinking they might be Barred Rocks. Their legs look yellow. Are they? If their legs are indeed yellow, then they would not be Cuckoo Marans. I hope I am wrong in the leg color. Pictures make it hard to tell.
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I was just going to say, the yellow legged ones are Barred Rocks.
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I agree about the legs....they're too yellow to be Marans.
     
  7. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry to say I was thinking the same thing-- look more like Barred rocks to me.
     
  8. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That would explain why they were so cheap. I don't really think he knew for sure really. Whatever the case I can assure you I won't be buying poultry locally again.
     
  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Heck, any barred bird around here is called, incorrectly of course, a Dominecker. Makes me crazy! [​IMG]
     
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  10. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awww. Listen. This is all about learning. If they are healthy and happy, that is important. I think Barred Rocks are beautiful.

    I have lots of chickens, and my production Red Stars lay eggs almost as dark as the Welsummers and Cuckoos in my incubator right now. [​IMG]

    Enjoy them! They are sweet.
     

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