1. Fruit Juice

    Fruit Juice Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 13, 2009
    Boulder, CO
    Welsummers and Marans
  2. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    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!
  3. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
  4. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    Friends have some they are good layers
  5. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

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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??

    Last edited: Mar 22, 2009
  6. Solsken Farm

    Solsken Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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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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