Which Dark Egg Layer for Production and Size

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ThreeBoysChicks, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I would like to get some of the Dark Egg Layers to add some additional color to the already Green, Blue, White and Brown eggs that I sell. So I don't necessarily need the darkest of dark, but want a chicken that lays pretty regularly and a large or bigger egg. So which breed do you recommend? If you have a couple different Dark Egg Breeds, I really want to hear form you and your comparisons.

    Barnevelder
    Marans - Black / Blue
    Marans - Cuckoo
    Welsummer
    Other?

    Thanks!
    --Ed
     
  2. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    VERMONT
    I only have cuckoos and they just started laying. I am getting happier each day with them, eggs started out small but seem to be getting larger. They are not early layers, took a full 6 months for them to get going.
     
  3. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    My marans took a while to get started but about as long as my others- ee's, BO's, and white orps. Out of 4 cuckoo marans I am getting 3-4 eggs a day and it's the middle of winter. Sorry I don't have any of the other breeds to compare to.
     
  4. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I have heard the best dark layers are the Welsummers my Marans do not have the best lay rate. I will be able to tell you when all three veriaties I have start laying in spring the cuckoo's are the only ones that have layed for me and stopped for two months to molt and because of the daylite hours being short. I will be putting a light in today and we will see if they start to lay again. In spring the black and blue copper and Welsummers should start to lay. I will know more then.

    Henry
     
  5. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    My welsummers lay more consistantly than my Cuckoos, but I like my Marans personalities better.
     
  6. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    Marans are known for large eggs, but not for frequency of laying. Barnevelders have pretty much lost the dark egg color in this country, and are also not known for frequency of laying. IMHO Welsummers are the best compromise between color, size, and production. And Wellie roosters are my idea of what a rooster ought to look like. [​IMG]
     
  7. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Anyone have eggs pictures to compare one breed to the other?
     
  8. amazondoc

    amazondoc Cracked Egghead

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    The eggs vary so much within each breed that it's really hard to make useful comparisons. Certain birds within the Marans breed are capable of laying the darkest eggs of all, but few Marans will actually lay that dark. IMHO Wellies will lay eggs as dark as many Marans.

    Here are some of my Wellie eggs, mixed with bantam araucana eggs:

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  9. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    Beautiful Eggs.
     
  10. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    The two darker eggs are from my Cuckoo Marans at the very begining of their laying cycle.
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