Marans that actually lay dark eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Oneacre Homestead, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. Oneacre Homestead

    Oneacre Homestead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2011
    Hi I got my Cockoo Marans from McMurray, and they were very healthy, nice birds who are not at all afraid of us. I even still have one old biddy that I keep around because she is so funny and she will go broody and she is so big that I could put a lot of eggs under her. She will even try to set in the roll out nest with no eggs under her poor thing. If you eat anything outside she comes and tries to get it from you like a poorly behaved dog.
    But my eggs were not dark! I got one darkish egg one time and that was it. Sometimes the eggs were speckled with dark speckles that looked nice. They layed okay, not great. I was sad about the not-dark eggs. I read that the dark eggs are really hard to breed for, so I guess you would have to get them not from a hatchery, but a breeder who specializes in them.
    So where do I go to get them? I would still like to have dark eggs!
  2. heritagehabitatfarms

    heritagehabitatfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2009
    clinton ar
    yes you will need to get them from a Private breeder... there is several on here that have good dark eggs... go look threw the marans thread and you can see some of the pic's... the darkest eggs i have ever seen where shipped to me from Helen Byers out of TX and i know of at least 3 people with her birds that won egg shows last year...
  3. happymom99

    happymom99 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 6, 2011
    Would you be interested in a Welsumer? I have a hatchery Welsumer and her eggs are beautiful and dark. Maybe it is easier to find a dark-laying Welsumer than a dark-laying Marans? Or maybe I just got lucky.

    Best of luck! :)

  4. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    You need to get true French Marans from a breeder.

    Hatcheries only sell for quantity and profit, so naturally traits like type and egg color are basically destroyed/bred out. But for true breeders who either go for egg color or a good quality bird in general, there's no beating their amazing deep dark reddish brown eggs. [​IMG]

    There are LOADS of breeders of French Marans on BYC here, most of who ship hatching eggs, some who are even local to your area and do chicks and/or adult birds. Your best bet is to look for Black Copper colored Marans.
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln

  6. Oneacre Homestead

    Oneacre Homestead Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2011
    Thanks everyone!!
  7. DaveEmily

    DaveEmily Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2012
    [​IMG]Thats some of our average eggs from our Marans...
  8. DaveEmily

    DaveEmily Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 15, 2012
    [​IMG]Black and Blue Copper marans with feather legs....nice dark eggs.

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