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Maran egg color. Need advice please

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by winekntrychicks, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

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    I see pictures on the internet of maran eggs that are so dark. Why are my maran eggs only slightly dark?
     
  2. retiredwithchicks

    retiredwithchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are they? Egg color gets lighter after time. The ancestry makes a difference for sure. I am sure others can add reasons.
     
  3. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

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    Quote:They are new layers. Just started laying less than 5 months ago. Got them as chicks at the local farm supply. They are free rangers and get scraps. [​IMG]
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:They are new layers. Just started laying less than 5 months ago. Got them as chicks at the local farm supply. They are free rangers and get scraps. [​IMG]

    Farm supply - they are hatchery chicks. You need to get Marans from a breeder if you want the really dark eggs.
     
  5. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

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    Quote:They are new layers. Just started laying less than 5 months ago. Got them as chicks at the local farm supply. They are free rangers and get scraps. [​IMG]

    Farm supply - they are hatchery chicks. You need to get Marans from a breeder if you want the really dark eggs.

    how do I get chicks from a breeder? I live in California [​IMG] Thanks for replies.
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Farm supply - they are hatchery chicks. You need to get Marans from a breeder if you want the really dark eggs.

    how do I get chicks from a breeder? I live in California [​IMG] Thanks for replies.

    Do you have an incubator? If so, there's lots of people here you can order eggs from and they send them wrapped in the mail. Wynette has gorgeous birds, eggs and her shipping is fantastic. (I'm in CA too and have received eggs from her) There are lots of others, just spend some time in the Marans thread and see what you like. There's Black copper, Blue copper and wheaten now.
     
  7. winekntrychicks

    winekntrychicks Pooper Peeper

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    Quote:how do I get chicks from a breeder? I live in California [​IMG] Thanks for replies.

    Do you have an incubator? If so, there's lots of people here you can order eggs from and they send them wrapped in the mail. Wynette has gorgeous birds, eggs and her shipping is fantastic. (I'm in CA too and have received eggs from her) There are lots of others, just spend some time in the Marans thread and see what you like. There's Black copper, Blue copper and wheaten now.

    Thanks for the info.
     

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