Question about Cuckoo Marans coloring

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by FlyWheel, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    When do they turn 'Cuckoo'? I know they don't get the full cuckoo look until a certain age. Mine started out almost all black, and while over the last 12 weeks she has developed white spots, spots are all they are and it doesn't look as if they are becoming much more (think: Dalmatian, but in reverse).

    So at what age should I expect her to start looking like a cuckoo?
     
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2016
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Barred birds, Cuckoo or otherwise, will appear Barred from the time they begin to feather. Even the more muddled, darker Cuckoo types should have several black and white bars across each feather from a young age. Are you sure she is a Cuckoo Marans?
     
  3. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    She better be! That's what I ordered, what I paid for and that's what they say was sent to me. Her featheres are 'barred', somewhat (look closely at the full sized photo).
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    Order Contents:

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    Qty | Item # | Description | Price Each | Total Price
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    1 | 133 | Cuckoo Marans | $4.75 | $7.00
    Chicken Gender: Pullet (female 1 DAY OLD) +$1.00
    Marek's Vaccine: Yes, Vaccinate My Chicks +$1.25
    Month to ship (Subject to change based on
    actual availability): AUGUST

    3 | 138 | Easter Egger (Ameraucana) | $4.25 | $19.50
    Chicken Gender: Pullet (female 1 DAY OLD) +$1.00
    Marek's Vaccine: Yes, Vaccinate My Chicks +$1.25
    Month to ship (Subject to change based on
    actual availability): AUGUST
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    Subtotal $26.50
    Tax $0.00
    Shipping (Live Chick Shipping Charges) $34.99
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    Balance Due $61.49

    It's not super important to me if she ends up looking like a regular cuckoo or not, I was just wondering if she was going to go through an extensive change of appearance or if I can expect this to be her final coloring before I name her.[​IMG]

    Like I mentioned before, she is just over 12 weeks old.
     
  4. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    That does appear to be a Cuckoo Marans, albeit a bit dark. I doubt she will change much as she matures. It's likely just a result of her being hatchery quality. Hatcheries are lazy and care about quantity over quality.
     
    Last edited: Oct 28, 2016
  5. morbius18

    morbius18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't call her too dark. The golden cuckoos that I breed, are darker, but I select for that. Occasionally I'll get 'plain' cuckoos that don't show gold.
    Golden cuckoo hen (no gold):
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    Golden cuckoo hen:
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  6. FlyWheel

    FlyWheel Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Wow! Gold AND silver (The naturally occurring alloy of which is called electrum, BTW).
     
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2016

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