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Black Copper Maran egg tint darkness!

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Do BCM eggs start out lighter when the hen first starts laying as in other breeds? Has anyone every got a dark tent on the first few BCM eggs?

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Do BCM eggs start out lighter when the hen first starts laying as in other breeds? Has anyone every got a dark tent on the first few BCM eggs?

Also about what age did your BCM hens start to lay?

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The darkest eggs are laid first and get lighter over the season as the pigment begins to run out.

not sure if that applies to pullets though but I would imagine it would, just that like all pullets, the first eggs will be smaller.

I have a blog here about our 40 Chickens, 7 Ducks, 3 Geese, 2 Shetland Ponies and our 6 Soay Sheep, we are trying to avoid mowing our field hence the Ponies and Sheep!

 

http://dallascriftins.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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I have a blog here about our 40 Chickens, 7 Ducks, 3 Geese, 2 Shetland Ponies and our 6 Soay Sheep, we are trying to avoid mowing our field hence the Ponies and Sheep!

 

http://dallascriftins.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Everyone is welcome

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Eggs are darkest to start with, they lighten throughout the laying cycle and my understanding is the latter cycles aren't as dark as the first. 

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Rachel BB

Stem cell transplant from unrelated donor in Feb 2015. Thank you to all my friends here on BYC for all your support during my treatment and ongoing recovery!

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The darkest eggs are laid first and get lighter over the season as the pigment begins to run out.

not sure if that applies to pullets though but I would imagine it would, just that like all pullets, the first eggs will be smaller.


Thanks, that is in reverse than I what I was expecting! I'll be watching for those first chocolate eggs!

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Thanks, that is in reverse than I what I was expecting! I'll be watching for those first chocolate eggs!
our best Maran eggs which took the blue at the county fair and also the blue at the district fair!
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In my experience there is no set pattern for which color Dark or lighter for the first eggs. I have seen some lay two or three eggs at the start that are a little lighter and then start laying the Darker eggs. If you plan on hatching your eggs only set the eggs that are at least a Four on the Marans Chart. If you develop your own line and do not bring in Marans from another source , each year they will get darker if you only set the Dark eggs.

 

If you have dark egg layers you most likely will have Marans lacking in others areas with the type for one thing.

anyone wanting to see pictures of the Wheaten and BC Marans  cross look on my profile page. 

 

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anyone wanting to see pictures of the Wheaten and BC Marans  cross look on my profile page. 

 

I know very little about anything but will usually have an opinion on most everything.  DON

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