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Marans egg size?

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I picked up a pair of cuckoo marans, laying age, recently. What I like is the size of the egg. The eggs my hen is laying are huge. Jumbo size and a nice dark brown.
   I have had all kinds of chickens over the years but this marans hen lays the largest eggs I have seen here at the farm.
      If these two are any indication of the breed, I would like to get quite a few more.   
    I hear a lot about the color of the egg, but wonder about the size. Do marans lay jumbo sized eggs normally?
   Thanks, Carrie

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My Marans lay a large egg from their first one as a pullet on.  I don't ever remember any of them laying little pullet eggs.

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I actually had a Marans that layed a double yoke occasionally.  The eggs were already large to begin with.  Eventually, she became egg bound and died on the nest.  I was so sad and wish I would have picked up on the signs in time to save her.  Marans generally lay a large egg from the beginning and not to mention thick shell.  My wife tried boiling some and could not get them peeled becuase chunks of the egg wanted to come off with the shell.

Buddy E. Henry

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Welcome to BYC Buddy.  How are your SLWs coming along?  I've drooled over their pictures on your website many times.

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If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
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If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #5 of 8
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Thanks for your input. I was pleasantly suprised by the size of the eggs. smile
   I have a showgirl egg here that I saved because it was her first egg, and the size of a quail egg. Cute little thing. I sould have blown it out though...it's been too long now...yuck!
   I'm so sorry you lost your hen.

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Hello Katy,

     My SLW's are coming along quite nicely.  I hope to be able to sale some by the spring.  Now that my males have matured a little more, their fertility is great.  I have 17 eggs out of 17 due to hatch on Thanksgiving.  I hope they do well.  If so, I will post some photos.  I love litte chickies!
     As far as Marans go, they are suppose to lay a large egg!  If you are happy with the egg color and size from the hens you have, then I would raise some from the birds for sure!

Buddy E. Henry

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Originally Posted by Wheaties 

Hello Katy,

     My SLW's are coming along quite nicely.  I hope to be able to sale some by the spring.  Now that my males have matured a little more, their fertility is great.  I have 17 eggs out of 17 due to hatch on Thanksgiving.  I hope they do well.  If so, I will post some photos.  I love litte chickies!
     As far as Marans go, they are suppose to lay a large egg!  If you are happy with the egg color and size from the hens you have, then I would raise some from the birds for sure!


Buddy Welcome to BYC I love the wheaten hens and I may need to buy some eggs ! I have blue and black coppers from Wade Jeane lines in the brooder but I always love to add new stuff to my flock.


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post #8 of 8

That's one of the things I love about the breed. They lay good sized eggs right from the start.

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