Koekoek (or Potchefstroom Koekoek)

A pair of Koekoeks
Photo courtesy of Noel Honeyborne and Fowls for Africa

Text courtesy of
Noel Honeyborne

The Potchefstroom Koekoek was bred at the Potchefstroom Agricultural College in the 1960s by the late Mr. Chris Marais as a dual purpose bird with barred feathers, hence Koekoek which in Afrikaans/Dutch alludes to "cuckoo barring."

It was selected from barred individuals occurring in progeny from a Leghorn/Australorp cross and a final mating with Barred Plymouth Rocks to obtain the characteristic yellow legs. The breed lays a brown tinted egg of exceptional quality and production exceeding 200 eggs per annum.

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