The best chocolate egg chickens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by happymorrows, Jan 5, 2011.

  1. happymorrows

    happymorrows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am looking to add a few chocolate eggs to the basket this spring. Which of these three breeds would you recommend and why.

    Barnevelder
    Welsummer
    Marans (I like the Black Copper ones)
     
  2. Personal preference here is Black Copper Maran's. Although I don't think you can go wrong with any of those three.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Barnevelders don't give "chocolate" eggs at all. They're hardly even any darker than the average brown, sadly.

    Welsummers usually give a decent orangey terra-cotta color. They're a nice addition for some variety.

    French Marans are an excellent choice for a deep chocolate, practically blood red color that sometimes verges towards black. Stay away from Cuckoo, Blue, Splash, and Black though. Go for Black Copper, Wheaten, Blue Wheaten, and Blue Copper. Most Cuckoos, Golden Cuckoos, and the other sort lay just as good as a Welsummer.
     
  4. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    I love Wellies and Marans!

    When they're laying, my BCMs have really dark eggs. I only have bantam Wellies right now and no eggs yet, so have no idea how dark these will be.
     
  5. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have French Black Copper Marans and I LOVE their eggs. Beautiful large dark brown eggs!
     

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