Cuckoo Marans laid her first egg ... Green!!!!?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Mum, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yesterday, my cuckoo marans came into lay - I was so excited waiting to see her gift and anticipating a lovely chocolate brown egg: I got a green egg! [​IMG]

    Now, I trust my breeder, she is every experienced and knowledgeable and only breeds pure breeds, not hybrids.

    Since when did cuckoo marans have the green gene?
     
  2. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, no doubt about it, she just laid another green egg [​IMG] No chocolate eggs for me this Spring.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry, she's not a purebred. Sounds like your breeder was crossing Marans with Ameraucana's or EE's. Cuckoo Marans do not have a green gene.


    Green egg color is created by the blue egg gene with a brown coating (spray paint). Cross to a dark layer and that's how you can get olive colored eggs.
     
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  4. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, seems that way. Either that of a rascally Araucana or Cream Legbar cockerel got to her mother hen before she laid her and because she is very cuckoo marans looking, the breeder probably hadn't realised.

    Oh well, just adds to the interest of chicken keeping I suppose [​IMG]
     
  5. chickathon

    chickathon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think any chicken is a mistake. But, the breeder should stand behind her stock and offer you a maran for free. I think that is a fair way of doing buisness. If a mix-up occured, she should try to salvage her reputation and make it right with the customer. You wanted a maran that is what you should have recieved. Enjoy your unique "maran" and have fun gathering those green eggs!
     
  6. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You raise a valid point, chickathon; I did purchase my girl on the basis she was a full-fledged "marans"; not a hybrid.

    Maybe I need to re-visit "assertiveness" classes "insert a "blush" smilie"
     
  7. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's to bad :( However, chocolate for green isn't that bad of a deal. At least it's not just regular brown.
     
  8. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, that is a very good point, getting a green egg isn't what I'd expected, but a regular brown one could have proved more of a disappointment. Actually, I'm fine with the green as a consolation and it does add interest [​IMG]
     
  9. RHRanch

    RHRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have barred "Olive Eggers" and some of them look just like a cuckoo marans, so it's very easy to get them mixed up. I am very careful to mark my olive eggers with green zip ties after they hatch so I don't get them mixed up with ameraucanas or other breeds. Maybe your breeder just got them mixed up - I would call and tell him/her about it.
     
  10. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Well maybe you can start a new trend of Barred Easter Eggers or go in the long project of getting Barred Olive Eggers!
     

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