Are your Marans' eggs the "right" color?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by biretta, Jul 25, 2007.

  1. biretta

    biretta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to order some marans for laying purposes, but have read that in some lines the distinctive characteristic of mahogany colored eggs has incidentally been bred out, in favor of other desirable characteristics. I am wondering if your marans' eggs are true-to-species (mahogany-colored) and if so, where you bought them? Has anyone purchased marans from Meyer's Hatchery? Thanks!
     
  2. serendipity22

    serendipity22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought my Marans' from Meyers Hatchery. They're only 4 1/2 months old so they're not laying yet. But I can't wait to see what color they produce. I even bought another batch that is 5 or 6 weeks old.

    I'm sure someone will know the answer to your question. I want to know too!
     
  3. biretta

    biretta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess you'll find out soon enough! Please keep me posted!
     
  4. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    to get the egg color you want you'll need

    1. A REPUTABLE breeder
    2. A lot of $$$
    3. The right diet

    If you just want darker eggs, then you can go the "I hope this chicken has the right genes still left in it" route and use a hatchery.

    JMHO

    Sandra
     
  5. serendipity22

    serendipity22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea, I agree.

    What is the right diet? My Maran's free range as well as get their ration of starter feed, oats and dog food that they steal from various places.

    I figure that if I like the breed enough, then I'll get some really $$ birds to help my flock with their egg color if it isn't where I want it.

    It's fun waiting to see what I get though![​IMG]
     
  6. SandraChick

    SandraChick Chillin' With My Peeps

  7. serendipity22

    serendipity22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They say that the French Marans do well in a marshy area because that's where they originated from. There's no telling what they were feeding their birds! Mud? Maybe lots of mosquitoes? Does France have mosquitoes? Oooo! I know! Croissants! Or Escargot! Or Truffles! That's it! Black Truffles...
     
  8. biretta

    biretta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Actually in doing some research (don't remember the site) I read that the Marans' diet has no bearing on its egg color, that genetics was the determining factor.
     
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I didn't get my Marans from that hatchery, but as far as egg color goes, I agree to get the really dark eggs you're probably going to have to spend some bucks.

    Mine start out the season with darker eggs and when they're slowing down the color gets a little lighter. They are still way darker than my RIR or Barred Rock eggs tho.

    I think they are the most docile birds I have ever had...even the roo has never been the least bit aggressive to me or the hens and he's going on 4 years old.
     

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