Mine lay a cream shelled egg!
Mine do not seem to mind being cooped up in a chicken house with a yard. I love their feathers too!!!
speckledys are a fabulous chook to own, they tame quickly , mature quickly , lay beautiful eggs on an almost daily basis . They become hand tame in no time and dont mind being handled as theyre so docile so are great for first time owners. Theyre a big daft chunky bird with a wonderful temperament and a pleasure to own :)
I had three 'proper' speckledies and they were great - lovely brown eggs, plenty of them and fun to have around. I recently bought some others described as speckledies but they were more stripey in appearance. Their eggs are a much lighter colour and they tend to be too large and suffer from thin shelled eggs. There seem to be a lot of these around nowadays. The real speckledy should be quite hard to tell from a pure breed cuckoo marans in appearance and the eggs should be brown.
These chickens are calm collected birds with beautiful feathers! I've found that their eggs are tall and thin and whilst cooking with them their yolk never splits open after cracking into the egg - They enjoy company of other birds and are relatively docile and not very flighty. They are most suited to being let free - range as they would rather dig up their own dinner instead of pecking it out of your hands or going over to the food bowl. For this reason they don't need too much food to produce hard shelled healthy eggs. These birds demand routine for feeding getting up in the morning and being put to bed! They need space has they easily get scared after being left in the run. Give them time to adjust because out of all the hens in your flock these will probably be the quietest and most shy. I suggest you don't just keep them for eggs or for "fun" as they are a somewhat small commitment.
My two speckeldy hens are a joy to own. Very hardy, they've proved to be healthy and great egg producers. Very docile which does mean they get pushed around by our other (smaller!) breeds, so I would think twice before mixing them with a bullish breed (like a Rhode Island Red). Our Speckledy hens do go broody about twice a year, which takes some extra effort to ensure they're eating and drinking: there is no way they'll budge from the nest without lifting them out. Highly recommended for a first time owner.
i love this breed, i only have one but she is so cute :]
I have 3 Rhode Island Reds and one of them had chicks with my maran cock and out came 7 chicks these hens are amazing egg layers and I think they're very pretty. I love them and they seem to like me. they're also very big. Very Feathery and as in the description they say that they look like the maran dad/mum and yes they do. The Dad is a blue maran and most of them looked like black marans.
Dixie is my Speckled hen and she's my favourite. I got her when she was around 20 weeks old and she laid her first perfect little brown speckled egg within an hour getting home. She's very inquisitive and is braver than my Light Sussex hen. One issue is that she goes broody every 6-8 weeks for 21 days and so her laying is not as prolific as the other hen. This makes me appreciate her eggs more especially as her yolks are so deep in colour. She is hilarious when I take her off the nest to feed and drink (otherwise she'd probably stay put and starve) as she 'strops' around the garden making a right racket. She comes running for treats especially grapes and strawberries and is very funny. I love having her around.
Lovley colours from dark cuckoo to silver cuckoo, similar egg colours to the maran but they seem to be a bit more friendly than that of the maran.The speckledy seems to be quite hardy and when approached seem quite submissive when touched. Very good hens.