What breeds of chicken lay really-super-dark-chocolate-brown/red eggs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by redfeather, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. redfeather

    redfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2010
    And would live comfortably with a buff orptington rooster? (i.e. not too tiny a chicken).
  2. Domestic_goddess

    Domestic_goddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2009
    Barnevelders, Welsummers, Marans, Penedesenca, and Empordanesas all lay very dark brown eggs.
  3. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Quote:Yep. But Marans are the most reliable for this, and I say they're pretty darn sweet.

    Maran eggs:


    Barnvelders do, too, but aren[t that sweet IMO.
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  4. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Barnvelders in my opinion needs more work on the egg color, they are by far the lighter colored of dark eggs.

    Penes by far were the darkest and then the Marans (not the Cuckoos) are right up there with the Penes.

    I am aware of a few Welsummers that lays dark reddish tint eggs but they are fewer in between.
  5. redfeather

    redfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 28, 2010
    The hatchery that I would be getting chicks from only has Cuckoo Marans (is that the only kind or am I somehow confused about something?). I don't think they have Penes... They do have Welsummers though. The hatchery's descriptions of the birds boasts that they lay rich dark brown. Am I to believe them? Say I order 2-3 of each when I get a few Delawares this febuary?

    (this is the hatchery that the local co-op orders from http://www.welphatchery.com/ )
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  6. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    No, do not believe them or any hatchery that says that.

    You would be better off getting some from BYCers or go to the Marans' Club website for the breeders. They have been really focused on quality and getting darker eggs.
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  7. Carolyn

    Carolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 6, 2008
    I just got some Welsummers, 2nd generation of hatchery parents. They lay a nice dark brown egg. The owner says all his welsummers do. He wanted to start a flock of Barnenvelders but decided to sell them all because their eggs were not dark brown at all. I have read it is really hard to get Barnenvelders that lay the very dark eggs; impossible from a factory.
  8. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2009
    Leicester, NC
    Quote:Agreed!!! I have some hatchery Welsummers and while they are sweet birds and do lay a nice brown speckled egg, it is no where near dark brown. I have a NHR hen that lays a darker egg.

    I know hatcheries tend to be the cheapest and easiest in a lot of cases, but if you are really and truly interested in a rich, dark brown egg, you simply must go with an established breeder and there are a ton of them on BYC.
  9. TajMahalChickens

    TajMahalChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    I find that my Welsummers lay a normal color brown egg with dark brown speckles. Neat looking egg, but but it isn't the rich chocolate brown that many people expect. I got mine from Nature's hatchery in Naperville, Illinois. Not sure if that makes a difference.
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  10. Toast n Jelly

    Toast n Jelly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2007
    St.Charles, QC
    My welsummers laid pretty dark eggs with speckles but having never had the other dark layers I can't really compare.

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