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I am all about egg color! I have Light Brown, dark Brown, white, blue, and olive. My question is this, are the Welsummer's eggs more terra cotta then brown? I have Barnvelders, and Marans for the dark eggs. Would the Welsummers be any different? I am going to add to my flock and would like to get another color!
Also, who lays the biggest eggs? Jersey Giants or red Stars? And has anyone had any experience with the Braggs Mountain buffs?
I crossed my BCM with my Americana and got some great Olive eggers! However, I then bid on some "second" generation Olive eggers, on BYC. They were Olive egger hens crossed with BCM roos. The idea was to get some darker olive eggs! I hatched them and they were very pretty birds.
BUT, of the four hens, three of them lay dark brown eggs! I only have one Olive egger in the bunch! I guess I should have figured out, but my daughter explained the simple genetics! ( really Mom!) My husband just said that brown is the "new" olive! (I think they are humoring me!)
Anyway I was told that Welsummer eggs could be more terra cotta in color. So I thought I would try those... My Barnvelder eggs are dark brown and shiny, where as the Marans are dark and mat.
I was also thinking of trying some large eggs, hence the Jersey Giant !
I have Jersey Giants and they do lay large eggs - especially after the first year. However, I don't think they are much larger than the eggs laid by my older Barred Rocks or Buff Orpingtons. I have heard that Delawares lay extra-large eggs but I have no experience with them.