What color eggs would these breeds make?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by TheHappyHen21, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im getting Olive Eggers, I already have Black Jersey Giants. Im thinking about getting a few Marans also. If I crossed a Black jersey Giant(Brown Egg Layer) With a Maran(Purple color). Will I still get dark eggs?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

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    Short answer, the color will probably be in between the two. Exactly where in between could easily vary with each individual pullet you get.

    Instead of giving you a long detailed answer, I’ll just say occasionally you get some surprises. Egg shell color and shade can get pretty complicated.
     
  3. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good answer, im looking into hoping they give me a darker normal then brown egg. :)
     
  4. Michael OShay

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    X2 on Ridgerunner's post. I would expect a shade of brown somewhere between the brown shade of the two parent breed's eggs.
     
  5. TheHappyHen21

    TheHappyHen21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well the marans usually have the dark purple egg is what im looking to add in my flock, like I said im getting Olive egger chicks, and I have jersey giants. I am going to be keeping the oliver eggers separate then my JG, each with there own Roo. thinking of putting a few marans in with the JG.
     
  6. Michael OShay

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    The eggs of pure Marans are actually typically a very dark brown, often referred to in the industry as "chocolate eggs."
     
  7. TheHappyHen21

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    yes there the dark brown but ive seen some that looked like a dark purple. It was very intriguing :)
     
  8. Michael OShay

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    If you're getting dark purple eggs I'm thinking that there is a blue egg laying breed somewhere in the hen's ancestry.
     
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