With the Silver Cuckoo following closely behind. Thighs and fluff light bluish-grey with medium black banding. The recognized colors in the French Standard are Black, Black Copper, Birchen, Black-tailed Buff, Columbian, Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Wheaten and White. There are 9 recognized Marans colors in the French Standard: Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Black, Birchen, Black Copper, Wheaten, Black-tailed Buff, White and Columbian. All 9 lay eggs ranging from a milk chocolate color to a rich dark chestnut. The golden cuckoo color is composed of en entirely crossed cuckoo plumage on the whole body like the silver-cuckoo . Last edited: May 18, 2011. In 1932 there were 6 recognized varieties named. On an average, Marans hens produce about 150-200 eggs per year. Male plumage: Hackles bluish-grey with golden and black bands, neck paler than saddle. Cuckoo and Black Copper are the most common of all these breeds. Varieties of Maran Chickens: There are 9 recognized colored Maran chicken varieties in the French standard. On the other hand, the lighter parts of the feathers (hackle, back, lancets) are golden colored with orangery shades instead of being gray or silver-white. Silver cuckoo; White/black; Black copper; Ermine; Golden cuckoo; Red; Marans almost went extinct during WWII but fortunately for us the French Department of Agriculture worked hard to bring them back to their glory with much needed improvements. I agree good ones are hard to find and like most of the other varieties of Marans they also need a lot of work LOL! It states that the "the golden cuckoo (s+) gene is present in golden salmon, black tailed buff, wheaten, and brown red varieties." Black Copper (black with copper feathers on the neck) and Cuckoo (barred feathers, giving a black and white speckled appearance) are the most common of these. There are four standard color varieties of the Maran in the United Kingdom, nine in France, four in Germany and 3 color varieties in America. Unlike the French Black Copper Marans which has lightly feathered legs, the Cuckoo Marans has clean, pinkish white legs. Today there are nine color varieties accepted into the French Standard of Perfection; these colors are black, black copper, black birchen, black-tailed buff, Columbian, cuckoo, golden cuckoo… Laying three large eggs a week, this breed comes in many varieties: the APA recognizes the White, Wheaten, and Black Copper, but there's also the Birchen, Blue, Salmon, Blue Silver Salmon, Silver Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, and even others that are less documented. There are many color varieties available of Marans chicken. Reactions: ZurcherFarms. Back, shoulders and wing bows bluish-grey with rich bright golden and black bands. With the Silver Cuckoo following closely behind. Breast bluish-grey with black bands, pale golden shading on upper part. I love GCs. The original Maran birds were crossed with Croad Langshans to improve the meat qualities in Marans. Of the 9 recognized varieties, the Black Copper lays the darkest color eggs. The Cuckoo variety of Marans resembles the Plymouth Barred Rock — with its dark feathers barred with irregular dark and light slate colored bars. May 18, 2011 #6 Myabcs3 Songster. THE GOLDEN CUCKOO. The American Poultry Association states that the Marans breed should have feathered shanks and the clean shanked variety will not be accepted. The Marans is a large, heavy chicken (typically 7-8 lbs) kept for their laying ability. Some recognized colors are French Standard are Black, Black Copper, Birchen, Black-tailed Buff, Columbian, Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Wheaten and White. IN 1921 a Mrs. Rousseau developed the cuckoo variety. 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