What are the best chickens to get for really dark eggs?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by StrawberryHouseMouse, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    My husband is a fanatic I just found out, for dark eggs. He bought a rhode island red hen cause he wanted some brown eggs. I thought it would be a treat for him if I got him a couple really dark egg laying hens. What would be the best hens for the job?
     
  2. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Marans and welsummers are the most common [​IMG]
     
  3. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    Either Marans or Welsummers. Those are the only two breeds that I know of that lay dark eggs.
     
  4. tdgill

    tdgill Chillin' With My Peeps

    or.....

    with easter around the corner

    take some dye and mix some red and green? (how do you make brown - just add all the colors together?)

    voila! brown eggs.

    hahahahahaha
     
  5. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    lol
     
  6. Chickndaddy

    Chickndaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2007
    East Texas
    Marans and Welsummers are the most common in the US that will lay dark eggs. Penedesencas and Empordensas are rare but they lay dark eggs as well, although in my experience they lack in the personality department. Barnevelders are supposed to lay dark eggs, but in the US we are still working on egg color. But they are gorgeous birds though.
     
  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Quote:I agree with this too! I've had Wheaton and Partridge Penes and I hated them because of their crazyiness, throwing themselves against the wall and so flighty. Beautiful egg colors tho!
     
  8. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that the Marans are great, but not all lay the really dark ones so you should contact a breeder to make sure you get something from dark egg laying stock. My understanding is also that the darker the egg a hen lays the less often she lays. I read that somewhere, I don't know it to be fact.
     
  9. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    I looked at a few photos of the breeds and I think I will go with martans. I like the way they look. [​IMG]
     
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:Just to clarify for you. They are Marans... not martans.
     

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