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Dark Eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Alpha, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. Alpha

    Alpha Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 28, 2009
    It's been said that the reason a lot of hatchery cuckoo marans don't lay very dark eggs, is because they've been outcrossed to BR's to improve their barred look. I was wondering though, what would happened if you crossed them with another dark egg breed (i.e. Welsummer, Penedesencas)? Are the dark egg genetics compatible between the different breeds?
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Try it and let us know [​IMG]
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    YOu would get different variations of shades and hues but still will be dark.
  4. Goose and Fig

    Goose and Fig Grateful Geese

    Apr 19, 2009
    Fall Creek Falls TN
    I got some marans in my original hatchery special. They laid very dark eggs, but I gave them away. Don't care much for barred birds. [​IMG]
  5. DiamondJFarms.com

    DiamondJFarms.com Out Of The Brooder

    Which Hatchery did you use and got dark eggs. I ordered Cuckoo Marans from McMurray Hatcheries (5 st run, only 1 hen), and I'm now wondering if she will lay anything darker than a regular brown egg.

    Has anyone else bought Cuckoo Marans from McMurray?


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