Cuckoo Marans are attractive, productive chickens. They have a single comb and are a cold-hardy breed.
Marans originated in the wetland area surrounding the town of Marans, France. Originally, the breed came to exist from the crossing of wild swamp hens and English game roosters that were released from ships that docked in Western France. It is because of those early crossings that so many different color varieties of Marans exist today.
As a whole, the breed has seen ups and downs in population size. For many years the Cuckoo Marans was the only variety of the breed available in the US, and so it is the easiest type of Marans to procure here.
The Clean Legged Cuckoo Marans has black and white barring, and the males are more lightly colored than the females. It is much like a Barred Rock except that the barring pattern is much more jagged and less regular.
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