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Postby mojo » 15 Sep 2005, 19:34

as you know i live in france home of marans.....the bantams eggs are not as brown as the full size and ask to see eggs before buying birds............. here they say the best colour eggs come from the blackest birds...certainly my black/copper gives eggs the colour of mahogoney but the two bantam black/coppers only give dark brown eggs so if egg colour is important check before you buy.............mojo 8)
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Postby Fangs » 20 Oct 2005, 16:35

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Peppy, my large cuckoo marans hen. (she was bought as a bantam lol, and her sister whom my friend has is bantam, but she just kept growing, and is now huge! lol)

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Postby Gavin » 27 Oct 2005, 21:01

Heres my marans:
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Postby Aussie Chick » 27 Oct 2005, 21:09

They're lovely looking. How many birds have you got?
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Postby Gavin » 27 Oct 2005, 21:11

I have 1 cockerel and 8 hens. Also about 15 pullets which were hatched this year the rest i have sold
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Postby CP » 27 Oct 2005, 23:16

Lovely birds! :)
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Postby stuffed » 01 Dec 2005, 13:09

Here is my 30 week old Maran cock Henry
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I have got a new hen to go with him but I don't have any pics yet.
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Marans

Postby eejay » 06 Jan 2006, 19:52

We have recently bought a copper-headed Maran, which we've called Ginger. (Don't have any piccies yet). She is gorgeous and a real character- first out of the run to free-range, last back at night and we had a 4oz double-yolker egg the other day. We bought her at point of lay, and the eggs are a warm brown, rather than mahogany, but with mahogany speckles. Are the eggs likely to be darker as she gets older, or does it just depend on the individual hen? (Think Mojo might know the answer to this one) :)
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Postby nigel » 07 Jan 2006, 09:14

I think Mojo might have an answer to this one too :D
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Postby thewinkingtiger » 08 Jan 2006, 22:27

My cuckoo Maran Molly lays speckledy eggs instead of dark brown ones too!
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Re: Marans

Postby Attila The Hen » 09 Jan 2006, 10:21

eejay wrote:We have recently bought a copper-headed Maran, which we've called Ginger. (Don't have any piccies yet). She is gorgeous and a real character- first out of the run to free-range, last back at night and we had a 4oz double-yolker egg the other day. We bought her at point of lay, and the eggs are a warm brown, rather than mahogany, but with mahogany speckles. Are the eggs likely to be darker as she gets older, or does it just depend on the individual hen? (Think Mojo might know the answer to this one) :)
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I'm not sure that her eggs will get significantly darker as she gets older - a very great deal depends on the exact strain of Maran you've got. Just like you get almost 2 different 'types' of one breed (i.e utility and show versions of say, Light Sussex), there's a great deal of variation in the egg colour of Marans as a whole. The Copper/black Marans are meant to lay the darkest eggs, but to know what your birds are likely to lay, you really need to have hatched them yourselves at the least to have an inlking of what egg-colour the mother laid, and better still if you can see a tray of eggs at the breeder to get an idea of what their flock as a whole lays. Some breeders have better (i.e, darker egg laying) strains of Copper/blacks than others.

PM me if you want some photos of the eggs my Copper/blacks are laying, and let me know if you want any hatching eggs.

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Postby Aussie Chick » 11 Jan 2006, 16:55

Attila,

can you post pics of your eggs here??

I agree, the egg colour is to do with the strain of the parent bird. If you want really dark eggs you should ask the breeder to show you eggs from the mother bird.

My Maran loves lovely dark eggs, she does have odd days of lighter colour but still chocolaty.
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Postby Attila The Hen » 11 Jan 2006, 17:31

No probs, Aussie Chick. Will scan a photo tonight. Sold a half dozen today in the office with one of them in it - much consternation! And accusations of having painted it... :-''' as if! And then a colleague asking to buy some pullets from me later in the year. Result!

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Postby Aussie Chick » 11 Jan 2006, 17:39

Well done!! I look forward to pics later.
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Postby Attila The Hen » 12 Jan 2006, 10:10

Okay, have never tried to put a photo in a post before, so bear with me!

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Apologies it's not terribly in-focus, but at least the colour's clear enough. This was the first egg one of my marans laid - since then she's still popping them out every other day or so. Strangely her sisters haven't bothered yet apart from one accidental, lonely egg... will post another photo of a half dozen of her eggs once the film's developed and I can scan it (yeah, I know, I should be using the digital camera... but I've lost the lead that connects it to the computer... doh :roll: )

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