what type of hen lays dark brown or dark speckled eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by tinamommy727, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. tinamommy727

    tinamommy727 In the Brooder

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    Hi, I have a flock of 13 hens and they all lay a rainbow of eggs that are absolutely beautiful. I did have one mutt chicken that laid a very dark brown to a dark speckled kind of egg. They literally looked like little jewels they were so pretty! So I am on the hunt for a type of chicken that lays those type of eggs. Any advice to what I should be looking for? Unfortunately she was too curious and literally climbed my fence and got ate by the neighbors dog. So a new fence and the chickens wings being clipped, will ensure that won't happen again hopefully. Thanks everyone for your help!
     
  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Songster

    I think you might be looking for Black Copper Marans, they lay very dark brown eggs.
     
  3. LAYINGCHICKENZ4

    LAYINGCHICKENZ4 In the Brooder

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    Maran chickens
     
  4. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Welsummers can lay eggs like that, but depends on the Welsummer.
     
  5. French Copper Marans lay very dark eggs. I have Cuckoo Marans but their eggs aren't that dark.
     
  6. Bullitt

    Bullitt Songster

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    I know the answer. Your mutt chicken lays a dark speckled egg. :)

    Do you have a picture of the hen? That might give some clue as to the ancestry of the hen.
     
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  7. tinamommy727

    tinamommy727 In the Brooder

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    Thanks everyone!
     
  8. rojororeo

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    Can I add in a question that is related?
    If a chicken lays a speckled egg- will she *always* lay a speckled one?
    In a group of five chickens, I can get 3-4 eggs per day, but I only get speckled about 1-2x per week, so I assume that she isn't always laying speckled ones.
    They are 3 EE-mixes, 1 BR, 1 unknown black (possibly Australorp?/cross?).One of my EE's is either part partridge Rock, or now that you mention it, part Welsummer. The egg in question is a normal light brown-pinkish color, with very distinct speckles all over it.
     
  9. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    No my Buff Orps sometimes lay speckled eggs and sometimes not.
     
  10. rojororeo

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    Good to know! I was fairly certain I was correct that speckles can come and go, but as I haven't matched all layers to their eggs, I didn't know if someone was slacking off with only 1 or 2 eggs per week! :)
    Thanks! My BOs def don't lay speckled! Too bad.. :) Maybe later tho... they are just starting...
     

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