Pigment Gland

21 Jan

Guess whose pigment gland is loaded up and ready to produce?  Our Marans chicken is finally laying again even despite this freezing cold weather we’ve been having the last few weeks (we’ve had below zero temps….BELOW ZERO IN ITALY!!!).  Once a year Marans chickens “reload” their pigment gland so that their eggs are again a dark Bordeaux wine colour.  Slowly as the year goes on the eggs become lighter and lighter in colour until they are a light tan/ brown.


3 Responses to “Pigment Gland”

  1. The Dexterity January 21, 2012 at 13:31 #

    awesome pic that 🙂 I’ve nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award. (http://theresplendentlife.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/glad-yet-again/)..Thanks for the post..keep blogging 🙂

  2. GrammaO January 22, 2012 at 02:07 #

    Hey, too cool – a nomination for a creative blog award.
    Anyway, love the Marans info.
    Down here in Petite Riviere, the local chicken farmer says the Arcanas are starting to lay again despite the FREEZING (Canadian standards) weather – blue from the cold, I bet!!


  1. La Gallina Brutta « jillian in italy - February 27, 2012

    […] is a Marans chicken and has been with us for over a year and she lays the most beautiful bordeaux red eggs.  But let’s be honest, she is…..ugly.  Many people don’t realise that […]

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