Ok, this one I get - black cuckoo marans BUT, when they have the feathered shanks, are they referred to as "French" or simply "black cuckoo marans with feathered shanks"? Does using the word "French" imply specific breeding or status other than the feathered shanks? I want to be correct when I am describing them. Bird 1. Bird 2. Now, this one I am unsure of. It appears to have a dilution gene but the pattern is only expressed in part. I don't know what to call it. Birds 3 & 4. These two girls I believe are splash although they do not have dark splashes on them yet. Well, actually, we found one little smudge of dark on the one pullet last night, but it's easily overlooked. Hoping for more color as time goes by. They are both clean legged. Last question. Bird 5. Some of the cuckoo patterned birds are obviously a lighter color and not black. What is the correct color term for them? Notice the bird in the back has an incomplete cuckoo pattern as did bird 2 above. Thanks for any help. I am going to sell some of these birds and I just want to be sure I am describing them accurately.