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what type of hen lays dark brown or dark speckled eggs?

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Hi, I have a flock of 13 hens and they all lay a rainbow of eggs that are absolutely beautiful. I did have one mutt chicken that laid a very dark brown to a dark speckled kind of egg. They literally looked like little jewels they were so pretty! So I am on the hunt for a type of chicken that lays those type of eggs. Any advice to what I should be looking for? Unfortunately she was too curious and literally climbed my fence and got ate by the neighbors dog. So a new fence and the chickens wings being clipped, will ensure that won't happen again hopefully. Thanks everyone for your help!

Proud mom of three, Servant to 2 Californians, 2 EE's , 9 RIR's, 1 Austrolorp(don't know if I spelled that right) 1 Buff Orpinton, 2 Leghorns,1 Silkie,1 Barred Rock, 2 Pekin Ducks, a Masiff named Brutus and a Saint Benard named Sampson. 
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Proud mom of three, Servant to 2 Californians, 2 EE's , 9 RIR's, 1 Austrolorp(don't know if I spelled that right) 1 Buff Orpinton, 2 Leghorns,1 Silkie,1 Barred Rock, 2 Pekin Ducks, a Masiff named Brutus and a Saint Benard named Sampson. 
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I think you might be looking for Black Copper Marans, they lay very dark brown eggs.

Chickens: 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 Blue Andalusian, 2 White Leghorn, and 2 little Seramas. 

Finches: 3 zebra finches ( Curry, Avire, and Soapy).

 Ferrets: Silvie and Blackie (also known as Booger).

 RIP : Sugar, Puzzle, Yeller, and recently Butter who were taken away by a fox.

Soapy who died on 10/12/13 and Mellow who passed away on March 26, 2014.

http://6chickens7finches.blogspot.com/

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Chickens: 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 Blue Andalusian, 2 White Leghorn, and 2 little Seramas. 

Finches: 3 zebra finches ( Curry, Avire, and Soapy).

 Ferrets: Silvie and Blackie (also known as Booger).

 RIP : Sugar, Puzzle, Yeller, and recently Butter who were taken away by a fox.

Soapy who died on 10/12/13 and Mellow who passed away on March 26, 2014.

http://6chickens7finches.blogspot.com/

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post #3 of 10

Maran chickens

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Welsummers can lay eggs like that, but depends on the Welsummer.

Small flock of Black Australorps and EEs. Took a break, and am back! Hi everyone!

"The love of heaven makes one heavenly." - William Shakespeare

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Small flock of Black Australorps and EEs. Took a break, and am back! Hi everyone!

"The love of heaven makes one heavenly." - William Shakespeare

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French Copper Marans lay very dark eggs. I have Cuckoo Marans but their eggs aren't that dark.

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I own 14 chickens, 1 red betta fish, and 1 dog! I love anime & manga!! My dream is be a organic dairy and poultry farmer

"Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals,and happiness."
-Thomas Jefferson

"I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." - Albert Einstein
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Originally Posted by tinamommy727 View Post

 I did have one mutt chicken that laid a very dark brown to a dark speckled kind of egg.

 

 

I know the answer. Your mutt chicken lays a dark speckled egg. :)

 

Do you have a picture of the hen? That might give some clue as to the ancestry of the hen.

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Thanks everyone!
Proud mom of three, Servant to 2 Californians, 2 EE's , 9 RIR's, 1 Austrolorp(don't know if I spelled that right) 1 Buff Orpinton, 2 Leghorns,1 Silkie,1 Barred Rock, 2 Pekin Ducks, a Masiff named Brutus and a Saint Benard named Sampson. 
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Proud mom of three, Servant to 2 Californians, 2 EE's , 9 RIR's, 1 Austrolorp(don't know if I spelled that right) 1 Buff Orpinton, 2 Leghorns,1 Silkie,1 Barred Rock, 2 Pekin Ducks, a Masiff named Brutus and a Saint Benard named Sampson. 
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post #8 of 10

Can I add in a question that is related? 

If a chicken lays a speckled egg- will she *always* lay a speckled one?

In a group of five chickens, I can get 3-4 eggs per day, but I only get speckled about 1-2x per week, so I assume that she isn't always laying speckled ones. 

They are 3 EE-mixes, 1 BR, 1 unknown black (possibly Australorp?/cross?).One of my EE's is either part partridge Rock, or now that you mention it, part Welsummer.  The egg in question is a normal light brown-pinkish color, with very distinct speckles all over it. 

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Originally Posted by rojororeo View Post

Can I add in a question that is related? 

If a chicken lays a speckled egg- will she *always* lay a speckled one?

In a group of five chickens, I can get 3-4 eggs per day, but I only get speckled about 1-2x per week, so I assume that she isn't always laying speckled ones. 

They are 3 EE-mixes, 1 BR, 1 unknown black (possibly Australorp?/cross?).One of my EE's is either part partridge Rock, or now that you mention it, part Welsummer.  The egg in question is a normal light brown-pinkish color, with very distinct speckles all over it. 

No my Buff Orps sometimes lay speckled eggs and sometimes not.

Small flock of Black Australorps and EEs. Took a break, and am back! Hi everyone!

"The love of heaven makes one heavenly." - William Shakespeare

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Small flock of Black Australorps and EEs. Took a break, and am back! Hi everyone!

"The love of heaven makes one heavenly." - William Shakespeare

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post #10 of 10

Good to know! I was fairly certain I was correct that speckles can come and go, but as I haven't matched all layers to their eggs, I didn't know if someone was slacking off with only 1 or 2 eggs per week! :)

Thanks!  My BOs def don't lay speckled! Too bad.. :) Maybe later tho... they are just starting...

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