Really confused on what breed this is.

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by rosyposyosy, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    I ordered a cuckoo marans from mypetchicken. Here, they told me she was in fact, a BR, because of her bright yellow legs. Now, I got her first 2 eggs, and I really can't tell if they are a #3 or a #4 on the chart. Would she be a marans, if in fact, her eggs were a #4, even if her legs are yellow? Is she a marans, just "pet-quality"? She is the sweetest chicken I have. BTW she is 24 weeks, and yes, her comb is that pale.

    here is the website I'm looking at:

    Lenore on the roost, tonight.
    Her eggs are on the far left, then it's my banty cochin's, my EE's, and store bought brown eggs.
    EE egg, Lenore's egg, Banty cochin's egg.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2008
  2. hcammack

    hcammack Crowing

    Oct 5, 2007
    I say she is a wierd little Marans those eggs are too dark for a BR I have to hatchery Marans that are not laying yet but they have white leggs I will post there eggs when they lay.

    Good luck

  3. tx_dane_mom

    tx_dane_mom Songster

    Sep 23, 2007
    SE Texas
    Those eggs are darker than the ones MY BR laid before. I don't know a thing about leg color in Marans, but based on egg color, I'd go w/Marans. Hope someone can help you more.
  4. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    Hmm....could she be a Marans/BR cross? That could be hard to tell if both parents had similar coloration..........
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    She looks like a Barred Rock-has BR leg color. Could be a cross, but I have a BR hen, who, early in her cycle, lays a pretty dark egg. See this flat of eggs? The dark one in the middle is Lexie's egg surrounded by my friend Kate's BR eggs from one of my earlier incubations:
  6. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    Some marans do have yellow legs,but it is a breed fault. I'd probably say she is a cross because her barring does not appear straight. You may be able to tell better than I can about that. My marans look like someone painted the barring pattern on and then smudged it. That egg does look way too dark to be just a barred rock egg.
  7. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

    Mar 1, 2007
    She's probably either not a good quality Marans, or, being a hatchery bird, could be crossed w/a BR. Like Gina said, some Marans do have yellow legs but it is a fault; breeders cull for yellow legs, a big hatchery might not. Those first eggs look to me to be just about a 4; the one in the second pic looks to be a 2...but it is soooo hard to tell on the computer screen, and even harder to then compare them to the chart from the computer! Her first eggs will be the darkest she will lay. They will get lighter throughout her laying cycle; after a molt or other "break" from laying, the first eggs afterwards will again be dark. Regardless, she's pretty and her eggs are, if you're not looking to breed, it doesn't matter!

    My Marans are sweet, too, even my roo! Actually, my breeding trio is staring in my kitchen window at me as I type this...waiting for treats!
  8. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    I agree that it is a cross. Cuckoo marans have white legs, not yellow. The eggs do appear darker than normal for a typical brown egg layer but the yellow leggs do indicate that it was crossed at some point.

  9. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Songster

    Jul 11, 2007
    So you think she's a marans, just with some BR in her ancestory? Can a marans be pure bred, but have yellow legs? I highly doubt she's pure, since she is from a hatchery, but can they? Also, how much BR do you think is in her? I think that her body is very much marans shaped.
  10. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    My marans from Mypetchicken have flesh colored legs and lay a dark brown egg. I think she looks a BR to me. I had a mix up once i ordered Delaware eggs from them and they sent Dominique eggs didn't know it until they started hatching. They gave me a refund after I called. They are really nice to deal with. You might be able to see in the picture the color of their legs compared to the yellow on my delaware's.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2008

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