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at what age did your marans start laying??

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2 months ago i bought 5 gold cuckoo marans - 2 roo's 3 hens... sadly one roo died shortly after but the others have grown and flourished since. now they were 4 or 5 months old when i got them, so they'll be 6 or 7 months now...and as of yet not a single egg sad(

but.........today i found a teeny tiny dark brown and slightly freckled fart egg in the nest box...could ones egg making factory be starting up at last?
could they lay a fart egg as a first egg? or is it likely they wont lay until spring..after the dark nights get shorter?

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post #2 of 32

My FBCM started laying at around 6 and a half months. Mine never went through that ahhhh "fart egg" stage, so I really can't comment on that. Maybe some others can give you some more insight into that issue.

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oh i do hope they will be starting soon sad
just baffeled now over this tiny egg!

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post #4 of 32

from what i've read on here, it sounds like it's super common for their eggs to start out small or oddly shaped or even without a proper shell.  the eggs should steadily improve if the hens are happy and are on the proper diet.

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My cuckoo marans started at 25 weeks with small eggs.  They ramped up to laying full size eggs in about a month.

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6 months old and I got my first egg

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mine was 20 weeks. Our family ordered a lot of different kinds from McMurray's this spring. They were- Polish, Buffs, barred & white rocks, 4 marins (3 of which were roos), Easter Egg & Australorps. Clearly I knew it was the marin's egg from the color. She was the only one laying for about 10 days then others slowlly started! I'm very impressed by this breed, however, the roos were nasty and the one that we have kept is especially mean and chases people (he doesn't bother me though except to ruffle his feathers when I come near him). I think we'll let her hatch some chicks then get rid of him. Love, love, love the chocolate eggs!

4BA, 4BO, 3EE, 1Maran, 2WR, 4BR, 2GP
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4BA, 4BO, 3EE, 1Maran, 2WR, 4BR, 2GP
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post #8 of 32

My pullets are just now starting to lay and they're roughly 5 months.

Lavender Orpingtons and one little white Silkie.   Currently seeking a mixed flock of pullets for my hen pen.  ISO Ameraucana - Cinnamon Queens - Black Copper Marans - Olive Eggers = 2 pullets each. 
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Lavender Orpingtons and one little white Silkie.   Currently seeking a mixed flock of pullets for my hen pen.  ISO Ameraucana - Cinnamon Queens - Black Copper Marans - Olive Eggers = 2 pullets each. 
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post #9 of 32

Aagh, my cuckoo maran didn't start laying till 30 weeks!  But, her eggs are pretty big, and beautifully speckled, and she lays at least 6 eggs a week.  So, just be patient - good things come to those who wait smile

post #10 of 32

My hatchery Cuckoo Marans started laying at 24 weeks.  smile

Maybe the longer your pullet waits, the more nice, dark pigment she will have saved up for a beautiful dark copper egg wink

ETA: Here's a pic of my first Marans egg (front). 
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/68803_elizabeths_christening_11-21-10_171.jpg


Edited by shortstaque - 11/27/10 at 3:58pm
1 well-loved husband,  2 cats that have adopted our back porch as their own, 16 hens: 2 BR, 1 EE, 2 Ancona, 2 Columbian Wyandottes, 2 Speckled Sussex, 2 BA, 1 Cuckoo Marans, 2 Dominiques, 2 Welsummers.  17 new chicks hatched 5/30/11 (barnyard mix of olive and dark egg layers, the roos are signed up for freezer camp at the end of the season).
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1 well-loved husband,  2 cats that have adopted our back porch as their own, 16 hens: 2 BR, 1 EE, 2 Ancona, 2 Columbian Wyandottes, 2 Speckled Sussex, 2 BA, 1 Cuckoo Marans, 2 Dominiques, 2 Welsummers.  17 new chicks hatched 5/30/11 (barnyard mix of olive and dark egg layers, the roos are signed up for freezer camp at the end of the season).
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