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Maran Egg Question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by 1cshook, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. 1cshook

    1cshook Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to the Black Copper Maran breed ... my 5 to 6 month old hens started laying a couple of weeks now, so some of them use the laying box, some are laying on the ground. I wash the eggs before placing them in the carton in the refrigerator. I have noticed, on some of the eggs, that the dark brown color actually wipes/washes off! Is this common? If not, will it resolve on its own or is there something I need to be doing! Thanks.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    With most brown egg breeds, the pigment is applied after the shell is formed so it will be possible to wipe it off.
    If you take a scotch brite to most brown eggs, you can make a white egg out of it.
    Another dark egg breed, Penedesenca, apply some of the pigment during shell formation so it is inside the shell so is harder to wipe off.
     
  3. 1cshook

    1cshook Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, that is most interesting!

    Thank you and Go Cards!
     
  4. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    The Marans extra dark coating will easily wipe off, this is normal...

    Unless they are visibly dirty there is little reason to wash them prior to use, same with refrigeration if they are not cleaned they will last many many weeks just sitting on the counter...
     

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