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Where to purchase Black Copper Marans that lay THE darkest brown eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by T-Amy, Jan 28, 2014.

  1. T-Amy

    T-Amy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looking for reputable hatcheries that sell the best and truest genetic black copper marans.
    If you have them, how often do yours lay? Do they breed well? And if they cross breed with other chickens, is the dark chocolate brown egg dominant?
    Thanks!
    Cold hardy? (worried about that big, beautiful comb)
     
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  2. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    If dark eggs are your priority, I would forget about hatcheries altogether and look for breeders. Hatcheries are concerned with quantity rather than quality. If you look in the Buy/Sell/Trade section of BYC, you'll find BYC'ers selling eggs that are far more likely to be dark than those from a hatchery.
     
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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  4. T-Amy

    T-Amy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks- not having much luck in the buy-sell-trade section. Worried people will SAY their eggs are darkest to sell them & I won't know for sure.
     
  5. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    Amber waves sell black copper Marans chick's. I know this because I buy my silkies from them. They are Amber Waves in Norco California and they ship through out the states.shipping is one price no matter how close or how far. They ship my silkies to me.excellent quality birds.. You might want to check it out.
     
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  6. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

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    If you are buying for genetics of egg color, ask the breeder to send you an egg shell. be prepared to pay the same as for a fertile egg. You want eggs from the beginning of the laying cycle as they best represent the genetics for dark egg in the hen. the eggs tend to get lighter later in the laying season, even if the hen has great dark egg genetics.
    Best,
    Karen
     
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  7. T-Amy

    T-Amy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    great advice, thanks!!
     

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