Marans Egg Color..Free Range vs. Confinment, Is there a difference?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Doctim, May 16, 2011.

  1. Doctim

    Doctim Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2010
    North of Dallas, Texas
    I have a small flock of FBCMs. They have been in isolation the last several months for hatching purposes. They are about 10 months old and have been laying since the first of the year. When they began their cycle their eggs were in the 7-8 range and then became lighter (4-5) the last 2 months. Sounds like the normal course of things from what I have read. This is my first flock of marans.

    I returned them to range last week and this weekend I started getting eggs in the 6-7 range again! Can the variance in food impact the color of the egg?

  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Yes, I have heard that diet does contribute to egg darkness. I do not know all the factors, but I think that certain bugs can have that effect.

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