Does breed or Roo change egg shell color???

kudzu vine

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If you have a roo that is RIR and a hen that is Maran (known for the chocolate colored eggs) will the egg color remain dark or more red? Know what the chick would look like - unknown. Question is the egg color. Posted this on homesteadingtoday and thought I would ask you experts. I think the egg shell color is produced by the hen...I think...thanks
 

Fred's Hens

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It is very hard for most birds sold as Marans (it is always Maran"s", even when speaking of one bird) to achieve the required egg shell color required to even be considered a true Marans. Crossing with an RIR would likely further dilute that, ime. Some RIR lay a fairly medium to light colored brown egg anyhow.
 

Arielle

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When you breed a RIR rooster to a marans hen, she will continue to produce the darker marans egg. If you hatch those eggs, you get a combo of the colors. THe marans egg is actually dark because of a layer of paint applied to the out side of the egg. Other breeds like RIR make the egg the same color inside to outside. You should get a brown layer painted on the outside of the egg in addition to the shell color.

If you are looking for a really interesting egg, cross a maran and a blue egger and the blue/green egg is painted with the brown and looks olive! If you hatch a few and breed to a marans again, you get a dark olive.

Hope this helps.


PS. THe paint scratches off.
 

kudzu vine

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chicken obessed - I wondered what that was on my hands! Thanks so much for replies. After I posted I started thinking about it. Makes sense. That was one of those "stupid" questions.
 

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