Dark Brown Eggs

tfpets

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Welsummers - lay decently dark, productive and easily available

Marans - lay darker again - depends on the lines you get for availability and the price you will pay for them - alot of varieties

Penedesencas - another dark egg layer - Lay less frequently and a flighty bird, but lovely and pretty bird

Langshans - a nice layer, available more easily as a flock bird, decently dark egg - productive (not as dark as the "dark" egg layers, but nice)

Barnevelders - brown eggs, but darker than the lighter brown eggs - and nice beatiful birds - hard to find too -

I only have the Marans (Black Copper, Cuckoo) and the Penedesencas...I have one baby Barnevelder.

Good luck!
Tina
 

Krys109uk

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I've heard some Penedescencas can lay a very dark egg. Marans from authentic French lines can also lay very dak eggs. Welsumers tend to lay a terra cotta coloured egg though I have seen much darker. Barnefelders most often lay a milk coffee coloured egg.
 

tfpets

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Thanks for the help:)


I think I will go with the Marans:D Do they produce well??

My Marans are great layers, waaayy better than my Penedesencas - very moody birds, Penedesencas are!

Marans are in high demand right now, and if you get hatchery stock, you may end up with a bird that doesnt lay an egg any darker than a Rhode Isanld Red or Barred Rock, which alot of Cuckoo Marans hatchery stock are crossed with....Just a word of caution, if you dont already know...research and educate yourself if you expect to get truly "dark" egg layers??

Tina/tfpets​
 
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Solsken Farm

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If I was going to order from a hatchery?? CAn I call them and ask if they are pure bred??

Hatchery cuckoo marans lay a very disappointing egg from what I have been told by people. I have to say for big, dark eggs from a hatchery, I'd go with red stars. Our red stars are prolific layers, lovely gentle hens and their eggs are huge. They are pretty dark, sometimes darker than some of the "Marans" eggs I have spent a lot of money on from breeders.

I cannot speak to hatchery welsummers.​
 

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