There was some talk on the marans general question thread and SNOWBIRD suggested we have a thread dedicated to just this color... I say good show.... Fabulous Idea! I know very little about breeding strategies of these color... I started with it but am just opening the door. I currently have a quad of bantam cuckoo and a couple dwarfed bantam sized black copper hens. I have had the hens for nearly 3 years and have produced from time to time small offspring so I thought it prudent to use what I have with what someone else had so I obtained a quad of Cuckoo "bantam". These are not true bantam as they exceed the french standard for wieght both the cock and hen. Also the barred birds have no leg feathering. I am hoping by learning on this thread about this color to be able to incorporate the knowledge. My BC's are positive for partridge which may also house Columbian, so this thread with the cuckoo may be able to help bring this forward. I have no whites but am interested to learn from those who do... Please post about them here on this thread.