Another exciting first-egg day!
When I decided to add to our flock last spring, I included a Black Copper Marans in the order from MyPetChicken.com because I was so intrigued by the dark eggs they are known for laying. I knew that hatchery chicks will not lay eggs as dark as breeder stock, but I liked what I read about the breed:”friendly, docile and easily handled”.
That definitely describes Tulip. She is calm and stately, with a perfect hen silhouette. Of course she’s a chic chick – the Marans breed was developed in France, and like any elegant French woman, Tulip knows how to carry off a little black (feathered) dress.
Tulip has been showing a lot of interest in the nest the past few days and she’s been doing the “squat” just like Coco, so my money was on her to be the next one to lay.
And sure enough, this morning she laid a pretty little egg. Not chocolate brown, exactly, but I would call it russet in color, and I think that’s pretty good for a hatchery bird.
For those of you missing the travelogue, not to worry – when things calm down in the chicken coop, there will be a few more posts from the south of France. Soon!