Hedgerow Cuckoo Description
The Hedgerow Cuckoo is a pretty commercial quality hybrid with her beetle green black shining through her feathers like jewels. She is part Barred Plymouth Rock and part Rhode Island Red. The Cuckoo makes a “spectacular” addition to your flock, and everyone invariably wants one. From a distance she looks grey but when you get closer you can see that she has a beauty that is particularly noticeable in the sun when the black shines though. Her vivid red comb and wattles contrast beautifully with the colour of her feathers.
Although to an untrained eye she looks similar in appearance to a Coucou Marans, there are however marked differences. She doesn’t lay a dark brown egg as a Marans does. Her legs are clean and unfeathered too. She is not quite as stockily built as a Marans.
She is a very calm and peaceful hen. She enjoys a cuddle once she has decided she can trust you. They often have a tendency to be quite chatty. She is mostly non-broody.
The Cuckoo is classified as a large fowl – light.
She will lay over 300 light brown eggs in her first laying year