What to look for in a Cuckoo Marans cockerel

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ShaggysGirl, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Guys,
    I have 15 Cuckoo marans and 9 of them are cockerels. I'm hoping to be able to keep one or two. I say hoping since we already have two EE, one Cochin and one OB cockerels. I'd love to keep a male or two of each breed but I know they might not get along [​IMG]

    So What do I look for in my 7 week old Marans?
    Some have more white barring.
    Some have more points in their combs.
    One or two have a bent comb when it gets bigger it may look floppy.

    Here is a link to some pictures, That are about a week or so old if that helps.
    http://s688.photobucket.com/albums/vv242/Shaggys-Girl/Chickens/?start=60
     
  2. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok you Marans people stop hiding on me [​IMG]
     
  3. cpchicks

    cpchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sorry you aren't getting any replies. I was looking forward to the answers. Marans aren't in my Standard of Perfection.
    CP
     
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    7 weeks is a bit young to be selecting, especially when a standard of perfection (outside of the French and English versions) doesn't exist in the US at this time.
     
  5. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks Cp and Cuban Longtails
    I know when others ask about certain breeds sometimes they are told their combs have to many points. So I'm thinking maybe fewer is better. As for barring dunno [​IMG]
     
  6. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Combs... the black copper marans standard calls for five points. Floppy combs are not acceptable.

    Ears... watch for any white earlobes, it's bad news. sometimes the white fades as they mature.

    barring... you don't want it too light and you don't want it too dark. Not much you can do but wait until they get older to see. Feather patterns tend to change as the chicks mature.
     
  7. ShaggysGirl

    ShaggysGirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks [​IMG]
    I know it will be a while before I know for sure which to keep but if I find someone wanting a roo or two I'll have an idea on who I want keep and who I don't
     

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