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October Newcomers! Cuckoo or barred?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by LittleReHomes, Dec 2, 2016.

  1. LittleReHomes

    LittleReHomes Hatching

    Dec 14, 2014
    Mojave Desert, CA
    Hello! I wanted to share a few pictures of the new flock I got in October of 2016. I take in older rehomes that usually come from hatcheries or small unprofessional breeders, so they are most likely mixes but I would still love some input from fellow chicken lovers!

    I am guestimating the breeds as the previous owners had no idea.
    3 hens, 2 roos.
    The roos are brothers, Buff Orpingtons, 2yo.
    Two of the hens are barred(or cuckoo? Very messy patterns) sisters 2yo, both with white/pink legs. One sister has quite the big spurs for a hen, but I've seen it before haha.
    One hen is a 4yo black sexlinked.

    My major question is the pattern on the girls, barred and cuckoo can be found in a few breeds, if anyone can tell, what breed are the twins? And are they poorly barred or cuckoo?

    I don't know if these pictures are uploading...

  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    No pictures are showing. I'll check back later to see if they pop. Welcome to Backyard chickens.
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You can also post photos at "what breed or gender is this." The folks there know a lot about genetics regarding barring, etc.
  4. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013
  5. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.

    No photos are showing.

    Barred and Cuckoo and genetically the same, the only difference is that Barred should be an even pattern whereas Cuckoo is uneven and alternating.

    True Barred birds are very rare and only seen in the show rings today.

    All hatchery birds (Cuckoo Marans, Barred Rocks, Dominiques) are technically Cuckoo, even if they are called Barred.

    If they have white legs I would lean toward them being Cuckoo Marans. I've also seen several spurred Marans, which makes me think that as well. However, these days hatchery Barred Rocks will have white legs as often as they do proper yellow. So it can be hard to be sure. Egg color is often distinct, as most hatchery Cuckoos will lay at least a darker, if not very dark, egg.
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  7. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

    Apr 24, 2016
    Hello there, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! I am so glad you joined us, I do hope you will make yourself at home here. Enjoy BYC!

  8. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

    May 22, 2013
    Serving Jesus
    My Coop
    Hi and [​IMG] I am glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  9. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under LittleReHomes [​IMG] Welcome!

    Kudos to you for giving our feathered friends a second chance at a good life.

    I hope you enjoy BYC; not only is it overflowing with lots of useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures about chickens, turkeys, duck, quail, Peas and pretty much any other feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]

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