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Maran Egg Question

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I am new to the Black Copper Maran breed ... my 5 to 6 month old hens started laying  a couple of weeks now, so some of them use the laying box, some are laying on the ground.  I wash the eggs before placing them in the carton in the refrigerator.  I have noticed, on some of the eggs, that the dark brown color actually wipes/washes off!  Is this common?  If not, will it resolve on its own or is there something I need to be doing!  Thanks.

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With most brown egg breeds, the pigment is applied after the shell is formed so it will be possible to wipe it off.

If you take a scotch brite to most brown eggs, you can make a white egg out of it.

Another dark egg breed, Penedesenca, apply some of the pigment during shell formation so it is inside the shell so is harder to wipe off.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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Well, that is most interesting!

 

Thank you and Go Cards!

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The Marans extra dark coating will easily wipe off, this is normal...

Unless they are visibly dirty there is little reason to wash them prior to use, same with refrigeration if they are not cleaned they will last many many weeks just sitting on the counter...
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