Mystery Hen

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by bjcoop, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. bjcoop

    bjcoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's my mystery hen out in the snow this week.

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    She came in as an extra chick from my McMurray order. I thought she was some sort of maran, but here she is standing next to my cuckoo maran roo. Doesn't match at all. hmmm Any ideas?
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    --bjcoop (trying to pick this year's new chicks....)

    Also, she lays the most beautiful brown eggs--almost seem to have a sheen to them....
     
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2008
  2. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know what she is other than very pretty.
     
  3. greyfields

    greyfields Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks like a Marans pullet to me. She has the right plumage and leg color. I'm just shocked you got a female as the "mystery chicken". As far as I know, this has never before occurred. They're always cockrels.

    In all the barred and cuckoo birds, the males carry an additional gene for white barring over the females. So, a Barred Rock and Marans rooster will appear far more white than the females. Google some photos and you'll see what I mean.
     
  4. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can't quite tell from the pictures, but she looks like a GOLD Cuckoo Marans (feathersite has a side-by-side pic of Gold & Silver Marans) If that's the case then she is quite rare!

    But then, the yellowish coloring I'm seeing may just be due to the light. I definitely think she's a Marans though, and lucky score on getting a hen!
     
  5. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    OOOOHHH!!!!!!BABY MARANS!!!!!!YIPEEE!!!!!!!

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  6. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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