at what age did your marans start laying??

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by spish, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    i got my first BC Maran egg this week, my flock of hens are 23 1/2 weeks old. [​IMG]
  2. critterranch

    critterranch Songster

    Oct 1, 2010
    Red Creek, New York
    my cuckoo marans are from cackle hatchery hatched 6/15/2010
    17 hours artiful light
    layer crumbles
    and free range on 3 arces
    21 weeks and no eggs
    i am very disapointed. they haven't started laying yet..........
    will updated when they start
  3. RobinZ

    RobinZ Songster

    Jun 13, 2009
    Wow you guys got eggs early. My BCM's, 4 of them, born Feb/March, one just started laying this week.
  4. Long Last Farm

    Long Last Farm Songster

    Apr 30, 2010
    Southern Tier, NY
    I have 3 cuckoo marans, hatched on 6/19. One of them started laying last week. The other two have not started yet. The eggs I'm getting are pretty small, a medium -darkish brown, with speckles.
  5. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    I have 2 FBCM's that are 32 weeks old and not a single egg from either one yet [​IMG] I'm just gonna [​IMG] that they do it soon!!
  6. CluckCluck18

    CluckCluck18 Songster

    Apr 26, 2010
    Largo, FL
    My FBM, Betty layed at 20 weeks. The shell isn't chocolate and that was a little disappointing. I'ts kind of medium brown. The egg is small but perfectly formed with a nice hard shell. She's a rock star and has been laying everyday. [​IMG]
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  7. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    Our blue FCM hatched June 15 and presented her first egg today. Unfortunately, after she spendt all day in the nest trying to deliver her egg, it dropped out and broke while she was on the ramp up to the other coop. Dark brown shell. We shall see how dark hers get when she figures out the entire process.
    We kept one blue roo out of the 6 blue/blacks we had. We have only 3 hens- 1 blue, 2 black- so it's a limited pool to select for breeding, but we have hopes:)
  8. cackleberrycoop

    cackleberrycoop Songster

    Oct 13, 2010
    One blue Marans pullet layed her first egg, which was normal sized and gloriously dark/speckled, at 28 weeks old and then two sister Marans pullets from a separate breeder layed their first eggs at 30 weeks (also super dark, though not speckled and normal size). 28 weeks is the longest I have ever waited for an egg, let alone 30 weeks! Once they began, each one gave me four eggs a week for three weeks and then the temperatures plummeted about two weeks ago to subzero and no eggs out of the Marans since. It was, apparently, just a tester on their part. Now that I know how stunning those eggs can be, I can't stand not getting them anymore!
  9. critterranch

    critterranch Songster

    Oct 1, 2010
    Red Creek, New York
    well got the calender out and counted totally disappointted 24 weeks and counting .
    no eggs this is the longest i have ever waited for eggs out of the breeds i have ever owned.
    these are my first marans i may go back to barred rocks next year. still waiting............
  10. ghigbee

    ghigbee Hatching

    May 6, 2010
    I bought 5 Blue French Marans pullets from a local breeder who told me they were 5 months old and should be laying any time. That was almost 3 months ago and still haven't seen one egg. I read a link from OSU extension concerning egg production and using a light to increase the production but I'm concerned about that being too hard on them. Hopefully I'll have something soon but since it's cooling down (below freezing at night) and 60's during the day and shorter daylight hours, I guess I may not get anything until sometime early next year. I'm very anxious for them to start laying because I have two beautiful Blue French Marans roosters and a beautiful Black Copper French Marans rooster that I will be using to breed and raise a flock. Anyone have an opinion on using light to increase production?

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