Question about Chocolate egg laying breeds

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by iajewel, Jan 11, 2011.

  1. iajewel

    iajewel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to add some really dark chocolate egg layers to my flock I have heard that the Marans don't really lay well. I want a breed that is fairly productive, hardy and stands cold weather. Any ideas about what breed may suit my needs best?
     
  2. wood&feathers

    wood&feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The cuckoos I have lay well but the eggs are more terra cotta color than chocolate. In general breeds that tend toward broodiness will never be called "excellent" producers, just good. While they are at it mine lay 5 or 6 per bird per week. The eggs are smaller than the ones I get from production reds or Australorps. The Marans hen I have that raised a chick has been my steadiest layer this winter.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Cuckoo Marans lay poor color because they're hatchery quality, bred only for production. [​IMG]

    True, well bred French Marans (black copper, wheaten, blue wheaten, blue copper, etc) lay some VERY dark, gorgeous eggs, however production is indeed varying. Research the breed. Some breeders have birds that don't lay much, some lay pretty well.

    My Black Copper Marans for example, though they lay very dark eggs, are actually my most dependable layers of all my breeds, putting my hatchery layers aside. My Wheaten Marans are pretty good too, but not quite as productive.

    I get about 6 eggs a week from a Black Copper hen, and their breaks during winter don't last long at all out here. [​IMG]
     
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  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Not all cuckoos lay poorly colored eggs nor are they all from a hatchery. I had a strain that laid nice dark eggs...they came from a breeder that is now deceased.
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    And I've seen the eggs from them too. [​IMG] My point is, MOST Cuckoos do, because most Cuckoos are indeed from hatcheries, since that's all hatcheries offer with Marans. (although sadly now some of them offer Black Coppers for ridiculous prices, but through the years it has originally always been the Cuckoos)
     
  6. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    I also had some very nice dark laying cuckoos. I sold them to a neighbor, and they are still laying very nice dark eggs. Really gorgeous birds too, big and hefty. And no, they did not come from a hatchery.
     
  7. joyous

    joyous Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Black Copper Marans lay nice jumbo eggs, 4-5 each per week. The color varies, during different seasons, but have gotten lots of very dark chocolate eggs!
     
  8. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    I want to add some really dark chocolate egg layers to my flock

    The best breed for dark chocolate egg's is the Cadbury bunny. [​IMG]
    I am sorry I had to say it... [​IMG]

    Chris​
     
  9. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:The best breed for dark chocolate egg's is the Cadbury bunny. [​IMG]
    I am sorry I had to say it... [​IMG]

    Chris

    However, this does tend to produce egg eaters in your flock. [​IMG]
     
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:The best breed for dark chocolate egg's is the Cadbury bunny. [​IMG]
    I am sorry I had to say it... [​IMG]

    Chris

    However, this does tend to produce egg eaters in your flock. [​IMG]

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