maran's people and egg color...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by walkswithdog, May 6, 2009.

  1. walkswithdog

    walkswithdog Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 17, 2008
    DC Region
    I thought I'd ask the people with the breed with the most emphasis and experience with egg color about well, my problem.

    My production partridge rocks lay a light to medium egg. Not a happy thing. I thought my biggest thing would be getting back to Standard especially comb/tail/size. Then I get first gen eggs and voila - crappy egg color. Since I sell the eggs I don't want - egg color matters. A creme egg is not a brown egg.

    Does feed ever influence egg color? If yes what feeds do you feel work/help, these also free range ALL day.

    And will rigidly selecting only darker eggs to hatch/breed from, get me better color over the long haul?

    This puts my partridge rock project back a step since at this point I don't know which hens, and I have better and lesser specimens, are laying the darker eggs. I'm going to make a breeding pen to isolate two at a time so I can tell but until then I'm only hatching the darker eggs.

    Any other pointers? Good brown eggs are definitely part of the criteria and I really hadn't anticipated such a huge spectrum of egg color - should have but didn't.

  2. berkeleysprings

    berkeleysprings Chillin' With My Peeps

    the way i understand it is that you will want to use the roosters that come from dark eggs and use that one to breed back to his daughter of dark eggs .... i think ....
    Last edited: May 6, 2009

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