Largest darkest brown eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by catniip, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. catniip

    catniip Out Of The Brooder

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    Which hens, in anyone's opinion lays the largest darkest brown eggs?
     
  2. Clay In Iowa

    Clay In Iowa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guess would be Barnevelders.
     
  3. catniip

    catniip Out Of The Brooder

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    Good! That is what I ordered for April. This breed seems to be in high demand.

    I have some Production Reds that just started laying and all of them produce an egg each day. So I am happy with the production but I would like a larger darker egg.
     
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    It does depend what source and quality we're talking about but barnevelders aren't the darkest egg layers out there. They do have an interesting red tint though. Some of the really expensive marans would have to be the darkest. There were some on ebay that just went for over $100. Penedesencas can compete but they tend not to lay as large of eggs and are an uncommon breed. Welsummers would probably be up next.
     
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    Quote:from what I heard barnevelders don't lay dark in the US, and hatchery birds rarely measure up. i.e. Cuckoo Marans- hatchery birds usually lay very light versus breeders that lay darker.
     
  6. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

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    The Copper Black Marans from bayhorsebonne on ebay lays some HUGE, dark eggs! They are so big the carton can barely close on them and they are DARK!!! Here is my own photo I took impromptu at her house last fall of some eggs she had just collected.
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  7. MikelJohn

    MikelJohn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Welsummers lay very dark eggs and they are fairly large!
     
  8. catniip

    catniip Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for the info. [​IMG]
     
  9. catniip

    catniip Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks everyone for the info. [​IMG]
     

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