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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by green horn, Oct 20, 2013.
Is it the DNA of the lady or the feed that helps make the egg dark?
are you referring to the yolk or the shell?
I have black copper marans and the shell I am asking about
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.
So if they did not start laying yet my first eggs should be light
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.