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Dark Chocolate Eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by TamiHunter, Jan 22, 2015.

  1. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My DH wants a couple hens that will lay the dark brown eggs. Any suggestions on good breeds for that? [​IMG] Anyone suggest a breeder that is selling day olds or hatching eggs?

    Thanks much!
     
  2. HighStreetCoop

    HighStreetCoop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Black Copper Marans. I'd look around here for someone selling quality ones because their eggs are going to be darker than the birds you get from a hatchery.
     
  3. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did some checking and I will be going with the Marans. I really want the Lavandar color. I don't think I will order from a hatchery. Plenty of good breeders here on the forum.
     
  4. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    Request pics of the eggs along with the parents. Lavender is a newer color in Marans and it is possible the egg color was diluted significantly when introducing that gene from another breed.

    Don't rule out Welsummers. I have both BCM's and Welsummers and their eggs are identical to my eye. There are many strains of both with lighter than desired eggs, but also the dark egg laying strains of both breeds. I find Welsummers to be slightly better layers and a lighter bird. I'm also very enamored with the patterning of the Welsummer hens. The roos are gorgeous too. Not that BCM's are not pretty, just if I had to choose, I'd keep the Welsummers.

    For a good background and comparison, look up Whitmore Farm and read about both. My strains of both came from there and I'm very happy with them.
     
  5. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I will certainly do my homework on the Lavender. I haven't ruled out the Welsummers. I may do a couple of both breeds. I don't want to have to choose, I like them both! :)
     
  6. Always Learning

    Always Learning Just Hatched

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    I just researched for some different chickens and their virtues and found Marans, a chicken that gives dark chocolate colored eggs, and I think I'll get one of those in the early spring to join my herd early summer. Have you found any more breeds?
     
  7. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No, just the Marans and Welsummer's. Can't decide between them. They are both great birds. :) Maybe do 1 of each then I won't have to decide. lol
     

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