I just recently aqcuired a nice little Welsummer rooster. He is just now starting to show some interest in the hens. I am thinking about putting him on some of my Cuckoo Marans. Has anyone done that? Does that cross produce nice dark eggs and are the individuals pretty decent looking birds? Also I have some Barred Rock pullets and got some Marans same age and size. Now I simply cannot tell them apart. Can anyone tell me a way I might identify them before they lay? The barring seems identical on both breeds. Any words of wisdom?