Cuckoo Maran egg color

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by rjackh, Jan 20, 2015.

  1. rjackh

    rjackh Out Of The Brooder

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    My cuckoo maran's first three eggs have been this color. I was expecting much darker. What are yall seeing from yours?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Where was the bird sourced from? The dark eggs that are generally associated with these birds are seen from lines which are bred with egg color being one of the things they select for. Hatchery sourced birds, as an example, are generally bred more with straight production as a focus.
     
  3. Primo

    Primo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That seems unusually light even for a hatchery bird. My hatchery cuckoo lays a dark brown egg. No where near the chocolate brown you see from well bred birds but easily identifiable from all my other Brown egg layers. Is it possible they are not maran? Can you post a pic of the hen. Also they may darken up some after they lay for awhile
     
  4. mortie

    mortie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a friend with a marans and her bird's first few eggs were not really dark. After 4-5 eggs they darkened up nicely.
     
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Overrun With Chickens

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    My hatchery CMs produced slightly darker eggs, nothing like the very chocolate eggs from my breeder BCMs. Mary
     
  6. rjackh

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    This is her. Got a 4th egg today, same color.
     
  7. 64Galaxie

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    That's a Barred Rock my friend. Mine lay the same color too.
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  8. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Cuckoo Silver Marans have white legs and uneven pattern. Barred Rocks have yellow legs and even barred pattern.

    She looks like a Cuckoo Silver Marans to me. Perhaps her eggs will darken up. Maybe she's a genetic throw-back. I'm sure you love her regardless.
     
  9. 64Galaxie

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    Cuckoo Silver Marans have white legs and uneven pattern. Barred Rocks have yellow legs and even barred pattern.

    She looks like a Cuckoo Silver Marans to me. Perhaps
    Ahhh, didn't look at her barring very well
     
  10. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    My two hatchery Cuckoo Marans' eggs aren't that rich, deep color of brown we hear about, either, but somewhat are darker than the eggs from my Red Sex Links and my Buff Orpington. But they have laid consistently since they started, and have stayed consistent even through our Wyoming winter with no supplemental light. They are docile, and easy to work with when I have to handle them. I'll be content with the slightly lighter egg color - they've more than earned my respect!
     

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