Beware! This posting includes minor blood and gore!
I think I have not mentioned that tragedy befell my flock of chickens. A not-so-friendly critter came back two nights in a row and killed four of them. First their heads were bitten off and the body discarded and the next night, the chicken carcasses disappeared. Additionally, one of the ladies decided to attempt to hatch non-fertilized eggs. So it was decided to acquire a rooster, and we now have a small but very active master who has dedicated himself to the safety of his "Ladies." So let me introduce Cuckoo, a Cuckoo Marans rooster.
This breed was developed in France in the mid 1800's in the town for which it bears its name, Marans. They had made their way to England in the early 1900's and quickly became very popular for their very dark (chocolate) brown eggs - a trait they are still known for today.
Coo's tail feathers are in the process of growing back in. He had a few fights with his previous charges.