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maran eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by varmit chicken, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. varmit chicken

    varmit chicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi All
    I just recently bought 3 Maran chickens, and don't know alot about them, can someone tell me about how many eggs they tend to lay a year?
    I have also heard the eggs taste a little sweet, is this true? I can't wait until my first eggs start to come. [​IMG]
     
  2. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What type do you have? I have black coppers. Like with all chickens it tends to be more the individual hen not the breed that determines how many eggs a year. I had a BCM that layed nearly every day, and I have had one that layed 2-3 eggs a week. I have not noticed any difference in the taste of the egg compared to other, they just look a lot cooler.[​IMG]

    One thing I have noted with marans is the least bit of stress and they take a long break from laying.
     
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  3. varmit chicken

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    He never told me anything except that they were marans. 2 are all black, and one is black with some coloring on it. :) thank you for your reply.
     
  4. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably all black coppers. The females are losing their coppering through the generations.
     
  5. varmit chicken

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    Do they lay the dark brown eggs?
     
  6. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Every line is different, but you should get some nice dark eggs.
     
  7. varmit chicken

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    wonderful, I am so excited. :) That is what I am hoping. :)
     
  8. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]

    Here is two eggs from different black copper marans and a normal brown egg.
     
  9. varmit chicken

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    As you can tell I am new to marans. Do the egg color darken with age, or is the color they lay the color they will always lay?
     
  10. kelck22

    kelck22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually the color lightens throughout the laying cycle. Laying cycle start with first egg until molt, then molt to molt.

    The two I have pictured are from different birds that are the same age. The one will just always lay darker than the other. Its all about genetics.
     

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