Color of eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Robin1, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. Robin1

    Robin1 Hatching

    Aug 4, 2010
    We have a cuckoo maran that has been laying for over a week and her eggs are medium to large and a very light brown, almost cream color. I am starting to wonder if it might be a Barred Rock instead? I know they look VERY much alike. Is there any distinguishing features that you can tell by looking at her if she is a Brred Rock or Cuckoo Maran? Any suggestions?

  2. Liana

    Liana Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    Southern NH
    What color are her legs? Rocks have yellow legs.
  3. Lotsapaints

    Lotsapaints Songster

    Mar 17, 2010
    Paso Robles, CA
    I have some hatchery Cuckoos that lay eggs only slightly darker than my Dels or Rocks that's just the way it is with hatchery birds
  4. chkinut

    chkinut Songster

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    i have a cuckoo marans as well. she has been laying for a bit over a week too. so far she lays for 2 days, then takes 2 days off, then lays for 2 days.....anyway, when she starts back up again, her egg has a light brown coating over the color of a BO egg. i had to wash it cuz it had poo on it and then it was a pretty brown (till it dried). and then her next egg is a pretty medium brown.....more on the darker side though....and i bought her from MPC. i wonder if yours has a coating on her eggs like mine does every once in awhile. then again, she just may lay light eggs......
  5. water4two

    water4two In the Brooder

    May 20, 2009
    Hendersonville, NC
    When I had a cuckoo maran hen her eggs were medium brown color. When I recieved her I was wanting the dark dark brown too. I was told she was not a hatchery either. [​IMG]
  6. rdport

    rdport In the Brooder

    Nov 27, 2009
    We have been looking for a nice dark brown egg for years....we are finally down to trying the Welsummer and RIR this year....We have been told that the American Welsummer and Marans do not lay as dark as the European ones. I believe it. But our Welsummers are doing pretty good in that department....the eggs could be just a little darker, but they will do. Today's eggs were covered with little dark specks..yea

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