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Breeds for REALLY DARK brown eggs?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by hypnojessi, May 5, 2007.

  1. hypnojessi

    hypnojessi Out Of The Brooder

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    I wasn't sure what subject to put this under so...

    What breeds of chickens lay the really dark "chocolate" brown eggs?

    McMurry doesn't seem to carry any. Any suggestions as to where I could get some pullets? (not straight run)
     
  2. mlheran

    mlheran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Marans ("cuckoo" colored especially) are well known for their dark eggshells. And McMurray does have them, http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com/product/cuckoo_maran.html but straight run only.

    I have two Cuckoo pullets and they are incredible birds -feathered out beautifully and are the largest of all my various breeds at 8 weeks. Can't wait for those "chocolate" eggs!

    Good luck in your search! [​IMG]
     
  3. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Barnevelders, Welsummers, Marans, Penedesenca, and Empordanesas all lay very dark brown eggs. The last two breeds are very rare but the others can be found with a little looking. Egg color is genetic an not all birds from these breeds lay very dark eggs. If you want really dark layers it would be best to find a good breeder who breeds for quality rather than quantity. A lot of these breeders sell hatching eggs, chicks, or adults at higher prices but I personally think the price is worth it to get quality stock. I'll give you list of breeders I've found or people on BYC have suggested.

    www.reddirtchickenranch.com - marans in a few colors, reasonable prices and very helpful. I just ordered wyandotte chicks that should arrive in June.

    www.bevsmarans.com - the best marans breeder I've found. Seems to have great birds but she has a long waiting list.

    www.landoftobe.com - has marans

    www.mothermastiff.com - has all the breeds listed except for barnevelders. Seems to have very good birds but is a bit pricey.

    Barnevelders seem to be be hard to find but ideal hatchery has them, although they are sold out until next month.
     
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  5. Barnbrat

    Barnbrat New Egg

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    I bought some Marans last spring, but they're not laying yet. I was hoping for a picture comparing them to the usual brown egg. I'm curious how dark their going to be. My customers really like the mixture of colors we have so far (white, light brown, medium brown, and green), so I'm really hoping for some dark eggs.
     
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    Barnbrat New Egg

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    WaldensRidge Out Of The Brooder

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    Looking for suppliers or BYC'ers that have Marans pullets or other breeds of dark brown eggs. I'd like to get them from someone other than Murray and/or eBay.

    Thanks!
     
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  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I'm sorry but I just have to chime in and say Cuckoo Marans especially have the palest egg color of all Marans colors, and Hatcheries offer the poorest for dark egg laying stock of all people.

    The best most people get is a sweet-potato colored egg in most cases.

    The darkest egg in my avatar comes from the darkest average, the Black Coppers, and in fact came from a breeder here on BYC. [​IMG]
     
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