Who is laying these dark brown eggs?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by AlbionWood, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. AlbionWood

    AlbionWood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting two of these most days, so the most likely candidates are:
    Black Australorp
    Buff Orpington
    Gold-Laced Wyandotte
    Brahma (1 Light, 1 Dark)
    Speckled Sussex

    Other breeds in the same flock:
    Plymouth Rock (2 Barred, 1 Partidge, 1 White, 2 mixed)
    New Hampshire
    Delaware

    I wonder if it's possible these two off-color Barred Rocks might actually be off-spec Marans instead? We actually had ordered Cuckoo Marans but got 2 Partridge Rocks instead, one cockerel and one pullet.
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  2. smarsh

    smarsh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    those are not barred rocks, and are most likely your dark egg layers. sussex, orps, and dottes don't lay dark eggs. I can't tell you about astralorps or brahmas.
     
  3. kera!

    kera! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say she looks like a maran combo. great colored eggs lucky you!
     
  4. dandelionheart

    dandelionheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would think that you got your Marans... just maybe not so standard ones? [​IMG] What a nice surprise?! They look great in the egg box too. [​IMG] My Marans haven't started laying yet (but have squatted some)... I'm jealous. [​IMG]
     
  5. omahalostpunk

    omahalostpunk Out Of The Brooder

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    Could they be cuckoo marans
     
  6. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    That is a Cuckoo Marans.

    Cuckoo Marans have pink legs like her, and poor barring like her.

    Barred Rocks have decent barring and yellow legs. You don't have Barred Rocks.
     
  7. dinahmoe

    dinahmoe Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    it looks like you have 2 marans hens:
    golden cuckoo marans
    cuckoo marans
     
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  8. MelissaR

    MelissaR Out Of The Brooder

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    How many are you getting per day/week? I had a Black Australorp that laid eggs that color. I'm not disagreeing with anyone about the Marans though....
     
  9. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Yup, Marans girl with the pinkish legs. They look like cuckoo Marans eggs to me too. Especially the bottom right corner one where the color is scratched off some - you can actually wash or scratch some of the "paint" off of Marans eggs, unlike other breeds.
     
  10. AlbionWood

    AlbionWood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone - don't know why it never occurred to me to look at the legs - but I'm very pleased to discover I got Marans after all! [​IMG]

    So the only mix-up on my order was, I got Partridge instead of Barred Plymouth Rocks... not bad!
     

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