egg color??

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by green horn, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. green horn

    green horn New Egg

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    Is it the DNA of the lady or the feed that helps make the egg dark?
     
  2. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are you referring to the yolk or the shell?
     
  3. green horn

    green horn New Egg

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    I have black copper marans and the shell I am asking about
     
  4. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    shell color is by genetics and age. exceptions to the rule might be a large amount of iron in the feed or water, and illness.
     
  5. green horn

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    So if they did not start laying yet my first eggs should be light
    Or dark
     
  6. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    dark, as they get older eggs lighten up. the brown color is added right before they come out, you can actually wipe it off of a freshly laid egg.

    iron in the water will darken the eggs, illness can darken or lighten the eggs depending on the illness.
     

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