POLL & question: Welsummer- which hatcheries have the best, DARKEST laying Welsummers & Marans

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by T-Amy, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. Welsummers

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  2. Cuckoo Marans

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  3. Blue marans

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  4. Barnevelder

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  5. Other

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  1. T-Amy

    T-Amy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are Welsummer's the darkest brown layers? I live in upstate/western NY & have a hard time finding hatcheries that sell both so I don't have to place several orders.
    Would also love some blue copper marans.

    We have cuckoo marans that lay nice brown eggs but would love those almost-black eggs to improve the variety of our egg baskets...
    THANKS friends!!
     
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  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    Sandhill Preservation has both.
    I've never had Marans but I bought some Welsummers from them and they laid very dark eggs. Almost as dark as my Penedesencas.
    Generally speaking, Marans are the darkest followed by Penedesencas/Empordanesas then Welsummers, Barnevelders and some Langshans.

    That said, I've seen Marans eggs that were no darker than my Jersey Giants.
     
  3. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    I have a nice Cuckoo Maran hen when I picked up some Barred Rock pullets a few years ago. She lays well and the eggs are fairly dark. If I remember correctly she is from Belt Hatchery in Fresno, CA. You are a bit far for that shipping though. There has to be somebody on the East coast.
     
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  4. chiqita

    chiqita Overrun With Chickens

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    As a rule hatchery marans don't lay really dark eggs and fcbm lay the darkest egg. Of course YMMV.
     
  5. themenagerie

    themenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've gotten Welsummers from Meyer, and I know they sell Marans, so if you wanted hatchery..that would be a good one to try. My Wellies lay a rich terracotta red egg, I'm quite pleased with them.
     
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  6. T-Amy

    T-Amy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My marans lay dark brown, but not the REALLY dark like the black coppers do. BTW, what's "YMMV?"
     

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