Dark egg hybrids

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by BeardedLadyFarm, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    Does anyone here have hybrids of Marans, Welsummers, Barnevelders and/or Penedesencas?

    I was curious if their offspring would still lay dark eggs, and if there is any noticeable hybrid vigor.

    I was thinking a Welsummer over my cuckoo Marans should give me sex linked "chocolate eggers." I know the dark egg color is partly a function of a slow moving egg, so maybe extra vigor isn't really a good thing in the egg department...
     
  2. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    No clue. Subscribing to this topic because...inquiring minds want to know. [​IMG]
     
  3. BeardedLadyFarm

    BeardedLadyFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 31, 2009
    Cobleskill NY
    Quote:ha ha. thanks!

    I know these breeds are all still worth good money on their own but SOMEONE has to have crossed them.... If I had roos, I'm sure I would!
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I'm putting my GC Marans roo over my Black Sex link that lays a dark egg. I'm hoping for a dark egg laying machine.
     
  5. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:That would be really cool so far out of the dark egg laying breeds I have owned Marans in Black and blue Copper and cuckoo and also wellsummers. My Whitmore farm wellsummers have layed darker and much more often then any marans I have ever owned I am extremly impressed and I have never seen Wellsummers with such great egg color except from Will Marrow! Good Luck finding crosses I probably would if I had a dark egger rooster but I don't

    Henry
     
  6. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Here are my two GC Maran's... .kissing... [​IMG]

    She lays a HUGE dark egg. I love the size but I only get about 3 a week.

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  7. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    That is the only problem I have with the marans breed they seem to have a very low lay rate my Wellsummers gave me an egg a day at peak of lay when they were young pullets I lost most of that flock to foxes while I was away but now I have two wellie hens again and can't wait to see what they do when they start laying again.

    Henry
     
  8. TurtleFeathers

    TurtleFeathers Fear the Turtle!

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    I've got a couple pullets that are supposed to be a cross between BC marans and a BO - can't wait to see what color their eggs are!
     
  9. geebs

    geebs Lovin' the Lowriders!

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    I heard of ppl crossing Wellies and marans for a bird that isn't as broody.... and is a good egg layer. I have some penes that are young...I thought I would try that as a cross for more production and see what happens. I am not as fond of the gold in Wellies but a Barnevelder cross might be fun.
     
  10. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    I have eggs in the incubator that are Cuckoo Maran/Procuction Red crosses. I have been very disappointed in the laying rate of my Cuckoo Maran hens.

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