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Marans X Rhode Island Reds to improve laying quantity

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lotzahenz, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. lotzahenz

    lotzahenz Songster

    Aug 28, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Has anyone crossed Marans with RIR's to make a more production style hen that lays a large, roundish, thick, darker brown egg? What crosses worked best? Was it worth it to get more eggs, but less color? How about a Wellsummer x RIR cross? Comments?

    I would like to develop a layer with great, moderately dark egg, that lays well thru the entire year, at least 5 eggs per week.
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I have my welsummer hens in with my Marans roos. The eggs are still nice and dark, but they lay better and don't go broody like my straight marans do.
  3. scgamecock

    scgamecock Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    You could probably cross a RIR roo with the cukoo maran and get a sexlink.Since they are not completely barred it may not work but if it did you could sex the chicks at birth.

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