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Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by catniip, Mar 2, 2009.
Which hens, in anyone's opinion lays the largest darkest brown eggs?
My guess would be Barnevelders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My Welsummers lay very dark eggs and they are fairly large!
Thanks everyone for the info.