Welsummer or Cuckoo Maran egg?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Honeywood Ranch, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. Cuckoo Maran

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  2. Welsummer

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  1. Honeywood Ranch

    Honeywood Ranch Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! Almost a week ago we put our 3 Welsummers (2 might be roos, jury's still out) and our lone Cuckoo Maran in the coop. They've just turned 17 weeks old and to celebrate the occasion one of them laid their first egg! We found this little guy in the nesting box with all of the eggs from our big girls yesterday.

    What's the consensus, Cuckoo egg or Welsummer egg?

    I'm thinking Welsummer.

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    Wyandotte egg, Ameraucana egg and our mystery egg.
     
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Could be either.
     
  3. pauleberly

    pauleberly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welsummers usually have spots I thought. However, I do not think its a maran, a little on the small side.

    I would say welsummers
     
  4. Honeywood Ranch

    Honeywood Ranch Out Of The Brooder

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    Exactly, it could be either. From the pictures I googled it looks like the Welsummer eggs can be both spotted and clear. And google pictures looked like the Cuckoo eggs can also range in color, even the same color as Welsummer eggs.

    If you enlarge or look closely at the bottom picture you can see some spotting, but not a ton of it like some Welsummer eggs have.

    I guess the easiest way to find out will be to wait another few weeks and see what other dark eggs we get and how many!
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    While Welsummer eggs often are spotted, they are not always; even eggs from a single hen can vary from spotted to even in color on different days. Marans usually lay a darker egg, but that depends on their genetics, some lines are lighter in color.

    Pullet eggs are usually smaller when first laying, size should increase over the next few weeks.
     
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  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    That's pretty light/weak/disappointing color for either breed.
    At 17 weeks your Welsummer birds should be obviously male or female.
    17 weeks is early for either breed to lay.....what other breeds do you have?

    Easiest way to find out which bird laid it is to examine the pullets pelvic points.
    2 bony points(pelvic bones) on either side of vent:
    Less than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means not laying.
    More than 2 fingertip widths apart usually means laying.
     
  7. Honeywood Ranch

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    I will check their vents for the width, thanks for the suggestion. Our other hens are 2 Wyandottes, 2 Ameraucanas and one Rhode Island Red. They (minus the Ameraucanas, obviously) have consistently been laying the very light brown eggs and they're already a year old.

    I only say the number of female/male Welsummers are to be determined because the place we got them from has been wrong on the sex at least 50% of the time in the past with our other breeds. Some that have developed combs late have turned out to be males and some who have developed combs quickly have turned out to be females. Really hit or miss. Lol.
     

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