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Chocolate eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kuntrychick, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    What kind of chicken lays the darkest chocolate colored eggs? Is It the Copper Marans? If you have that kind of chicken, let me see your chickens & pics of eggs, please! I want one or two really bad! Where can I get one?

    Isn't there other colors like Splash & such of Marans too? Do they also lay the very dark chocolate eggs?
  2. Muggsmagee

    Muggsmagee Menagerie Mama

    Dec 15, 2009
    Central NY
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  3. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

    Jul 17, 2009
    Marans are the overall "type" that lay dark eggs. There are maran breeds that carry a specific color gene who also lay the dark eggs.

    Several non-maran breeds lay dark eggs as well, the names of which escape me now. I can think of welsummers, pandescas, and....that's all I got right now. It is far too late for me to think.
  4. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2010
    Black Copper Marans or BCM is what I've been told. They do lay beautiful eggs! But I usually only get 3 eggs a week per hen. And they take lots of egg laying breaks So their not the most prolific chickens.
  5. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    Any of the Marans colors, Black Copper, Blue Copper, Splash, Cuckoo, etc, all lay the dark, chocolate colored eggs. That "darkness" varies per individual bird though, with some laying lighter/darker than others of the breed.

    Welsummer chickens are also supposed to lay dark eggs, though I don't know if they are as dark as the darkest Marans lay.

    Don't know if there are any Marans breeders near you, but thunder123 here on BYC is a local breeder of FBCM's in my neck of the woods (in Louisiana) and is the person I bought my Marans chicks from.
  6. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    Barnvelders, Pendenescas and Welsummers all lay dark brown eggs.
  7. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2011
    West Fork
    We had two Cuckoo Marans. One of them was killed by a hawk last week, but she had been laying for about a month. Her eggs were a rich brown, with an almost orange tint. Our other one who has been laying for a couple of weeks, lays huge, dark eggs. Really dark.
  8. Mama Hen Chris

    Mama Hen Chris Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2010
    Peoria, AZ
    The 3 dark eggs are from my Welsummer


    This is from my Cuckoo Marans... is much darker than my Welsummer's eggs
  9. Duramaxgirl

    Duramaxgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 12, 2010
    Quote:Nice! Where did you get them? How do your welsummers lay?

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