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 like colored eggs too. I have blue, green, white, tan and darker redish brown. I want to get some BCM hens to cross with my EE roos and get some olive eggers.
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.
Im working on a project right now to see if I cant breed Marans with Buff Orpingtons to get a dependable strain for laying regularly and darker eggs.
That would be cool!
I always wonder about the Braggs Mt. Buffs. You never hear about them from any Chicken people. Any thoughts?
I have never heard of that particular breed. I need to google. :)
My Golden Comet lays a big brown egg. If I remember correctly they are a cross between RIR and WPR. I like the fact they are sexlinks.
Weird website tho...... I have checked it out, and it is not interactive. Funny, it still makes me want to order some......... I wish the order could be smaller!