Originally Posted by brightpennies
Those are beautiful eggs either way -- I didn't realize Welsummers laid such dark eggs, but that makes sense, as my little olive-egger looks like a Welsummer mix. Thanks for sharing!
Best of luck with the snow, everyone.
Welsummers lay beautiful eggs, and the birds are beautiful too. It's hard to pick a favorite breed, but Welsummers are surely near the very top. Personally, I prefer the middle egg in that pic and love to look at a tray full of those dark eggs ready to be put in to hatch.
Last year the Welsummers didn't hatch as well for me as other breeds. I think this was because of the roos being a bit "inadequate" (never told them that to their face, LOL). The fertility is better so far this year. The still hatch a full day after the Welbars and Legbars. It's kind of wierd how they hatch, in order:
Black Sexlinks (white eggs)
Legbars and Ameraucanas (blue)
Bielefelders (medium dark)
Last year I hypothesized that the egg color determined the incubation time, and that seems mostly true, but the Welbars and Bielefelders are out of the expected order. My current theory is that the egg color is part of it, but the level of inbreeding is another factor. I believe my stock in the last 4 breeds is much more inbred (to retain the dark shell color). I am doing a RB x BF cross this year to validate that, if I'm right, they should hatch with the Legbars, not their parent breeds.
Some of the chicks I hatch are to make my customers happy and some are to satiate my curiosity. Luckily, I expect to sell the "experiments" easily, the "designer hybrids" have all been exceptional layers, and a lot of people want a good layer with a known egg color, the purity of their genetic heritage is not important.