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Marans Reviews

Positive Reviews

Chickenfan4life

Beautiful Dark Eggs From Beautiful Birds

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Pros: Deep, Rich, Chocolate-Colored Eggs, Sweet, Beautiful

Cons: Roosters Can Be Aggressive, Some Variants Don't Lay Very Chocolate-Colored Eggs

The Marans is a breed of chicken that originated in France. It is a medium sized breed, well known across the U.S.A, and other countries, for it's beautiful, dark brown eggs, and fine meat. The Marans is also a popular breed for showing, and fancied by poultry breeders all over the world.    The Marans originated in France and were imported into the United Kingdom in the 1930's.    The Marans are a fine breed, being useful for meat, eggs, and showing. They can make good pets for children, and are highly prized for their dark eggs.    There are the 9 varieties of the Marans, recognized by the French Standard: Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Black,...
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Charm1704

I love my Marans

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Pros: My Roosters are sweethearts, never aggressive, my eggs are dark in color, my hens lay very well now that they are mature.

Cons: NO CONS...

I have 3 pens of Marans, they are excellent quality, lay a dark egg, and winning at the shows this year in Florida...
midasmychicken

Cuckoo Maran

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Pros: beatiful eggs

Cons: my roo was mean

The hens lay beautiful eggs. Never owned a cuckoo hen, but I'm sure that they are a whole lot nicer than my roo.

Negative Reviews

leggomyegg0

A lot of hype

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Pros: pretty eggs

Cons: inconsistant layers, mean roosters!

I have 5 hens and 1 roo. These are pretty hens, personalities are not overly friendly, despite being hand reared. It took a LONG time to find a roo that wasn't aggressive as all get out. This one is generally OK but will still rush you every so often. I also don't like that they are consistent layers... they seem to lay every other or every third day... They go broody often, but aren't great moms. My eggs are also not as dark or a large as they say they should be, despite spending the money on good quality stock.
familypendragon

Bullies

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Pros: Dark eggs, big birds

Cons: Mean

I have 3 of these. My adult Blue Marans is one of the flightiest bird I have, and if I have to get ahold of her (at night is the only way) she flips out like I am killing her. I also bought 2 more for breeding and both of them from the very start have been bullies to the other chicks and bite me any time I have to handle them. I have around 30 breeds and the only ones with this type of personality have been the Marans and the Wyandottes. They are big, beautiful birds that lay lovely eggs - but definitely not one I'd get as a pet.
Sylvester017

CYWASN'T WHAT WE EXPECTED

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Pros: Usually calm

Cons: Aggressive toward flockmates, eggs never were dark, huge appetite

I don't want to bash our Cuckoo Marans but she was a pill to say it kindly.  She did not play nice with her flockmates and did a full-on clawing vicious attack on a Silkie pullet and she challenged the alpha hen - but was promptly put in her place.  She was sneaky nipping and pulling at other hens' crests or combs as they walked by.  Her eggs were about 2-3/week and never dark.  However they made an interesting egg carton since no two of her eggs looked alike - sometimes light brown, sometimes half light/half brown, sometimes large speckles, sometimes tiny speckles, sometimes half speckled and half plain - but never got anything dark or "chocolate" like advertised. And...
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juststruttin

Broody and poor winter layers

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Pros: Dark Eggs

Cons: Broody, poor winter layer, eggs hard to hatch

I am not a huge Marans fan.  I tried them  because I was entranced by the egg color but am not impressed.  Yes, the eggs are super dark and gorgeous by my birds are often broody and I have not seen an egg since end of Oct and its now the middle of Jan.  I  will not be getting any more.   When I compare them to my Welsummers, 
mandelyn

Marans are great!

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Pros: Good layers, large birds, good feed conversion, friendly, sane

Cons: Can't think of any cons!

I have 1 Splash, 1 Blue, and 1 Wheaten Marans from 2 sources. All 3 are great layers, calm and a friendly birds. They do ok in heat and excellent in cold. My goal is to have one hen in every available color since they're just great all-around birds.   You don't have to be very hands on in taming them, they're just naturally calm birds.
onwingsofdragons

I love my marans, but they aren't without faults

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Pros: easy going, pretty, decent layers, beautiful egg. good foragers

Cons: egg candling (don't get me started), weird crow (I mean like the siamese cat of the chicken world odd lol!) prefer to roost in trees, hatching pain

Well the overall summary pretty much summed it up. I hate hatching these birds in the incubator. That's my only valid complaint I guess. I have seen a couple others say theirs are terminally broody, I've never had one go broody. It'd be nice. I wouldn't be trying to candle opaque eggs if they had a broody on them! lol! 
bird sitter

Can't wait!

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I have some eggs in the bator! Can't wait to see these guys! I've heard they are sweet!
MicheleC

LOVE these birds

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Pros: Beautiful Dark Eggs, calm and sweet birds

Cons: Not heavy layers, but the eggs are worth the wait

Just started with some from a local breeder and hatched a few from a BYC seller. They are the sweetest I have raised. Even the two Roos I have are incredibly docile. I have tried several breeds, this is one I'll be sticking with!
LyrebirdJacki

Brilliant asset to any flock

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Pros: Gorgeous big, dark brown/chocolate coloured eggs. Fluffy legs on the french variety looks neat. Great to cross over araucanas for easter eggers.

Cons: Roosters are nasty. Hens haven't got a heavy body for when they stop laying, limited genetics in Australia.

My first ever eggs I bought in the post from online were french wheaton marans for my autistic brother. I actually didn't know they were wheaton, but I thought they were cuckoo as I never heard of the breed prior and just googled "marans" on google, assuming they were cuckoo. Found out through the breeder that the cuckoo aren't even in Australia and we are only limited to a few colours due to our terrible importation laws for poultry, wheaton being the only breed imported but black coppers, birchen and blue created by breeders with wheaton as the base to start with. Very inbred in Australia, hard to get birds without knocked knees unfortuently so they are hard to win at shows in the light...
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WalleyWaller

My Cuckoo Marans are Great!

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Pros: Lay Dark Brown Eggs. Lay 5 to 6 eggs per week for each hen. Great temperment. Not flighty.

Cons: None

We have some Cuckoo Marans Hens. They get along great with the rest of the flock. I have nothing negative to report!
aquagolda

Marans

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Pros: beautiful birds some are very freindly, eggs are very attractive and diffrrent

Cons: sometimes skittish to quick movements very rarely ar they flighty

 
cholmberg

They have been lovely, lovely birds

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Pros: friendly, pretty, good layers, beautiful eggs

Cons: none

I love my black copper marans. They aren't flighty, and follow me around. the one that went broody would not take no for an answer, so I bought her a mixed bag of fertile eggs and she hatched them out and has been a fantastic mother hen. They lay more eggs than I expected. I'd recommend them in a heartbeat!
MountainGoat

One of our favorites

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Pros: Curious, people friendly, fast growing, attractive

Cons: Roosters are a bit aggressive

I hatched 3 French black copper marans (out of 3 BCM eggs) with a mix of 3 other heritage breeds. Two ended up being male. The female is so friendly she jumps for our shoulder to perch the whole time we're in the coop. The males started out friendly but are getting pretty aggressive toward the other birds, and one is starting to get aggressive with us as well. They learned to use the nipple waterers and the roosting pole first, and they were the first to eat out of our hand and go for bugs. They aren't at laying age yet, so I can't attest to the quality of the eggs or the rate of lay. They've thrived really well and grown quickly, and they seem like they would be decent dual purpose...
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