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Marans Reviews

Positive Reviews


Beautiful Dark Eggs From Beautiful Birds


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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I love my Marans


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...

Cuckoo Maran


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


A lot of hype


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.



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.



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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Broody and poor winter layers


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, 

Marans are great!


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.

LOVE these birds


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!
Peach Mom

Friendly, smart, curious birds that have had fewer health issues than my other chickens. The 2 roosters I have had are so gentle and sweet!


Pros: The eggs really are all they claim to be! Best I have ever eaten! I just love this breed not only for their special eggs but for their personalities!

Cons: Even in GA the combs are so large they can get frostbite easily and need care to protect them if it dips below freezing.

There is a lot of hype about the special eggs. All fresh, free range eggs are wonderful. These are on a whole other level. To eat one of these French Black Copper Marans eggs, freshly laid, should be on everyone's bucket list. Wow! My favorite chicken (I have had a number of breeds) is a FBCM hen named Button. She is as friendly and curious as a kitten. It is true they go broody a good bit. Some individuals are more broody than others, still they make excellent mothers so I feel this makes the trait worth it. I never want to be without them in my flock. I must add I am baffled by the statement that the roosters can be aggressive. The two I have had are not aggressive with anyone or...
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Good overall, make sure you purchase wisely!


Pros: Beautiful, large eggs, forage well, rarely broody, large

Cons: Health issues...

We got our marans as hatching eggs sent from a hatchery - won't disclose any names here, it might just have been a fluke or a problem during shipping/incubating, really - and had 36 eggs. 16 of them were maran eggs, the other 20 were random 'extras'. 6 maran eggs hatched, and 3 were roosters. 3 were hens. We had 2 other hens that seemed to be some kind of maran cross that are doing fine.   Anyway, they were all beautiful birds. The roosters are/were beautiful, the hens are/were gorgeous and we had some very nice colourings. They laid large brown eggs, some dark brown, and some medium brown with spots of dark brown. Ours never got broody since we don't want to hatch more eggs from...
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Pros: very sweet, calm, and are great roosters!

Cons: mine started to crow at 3 months of age, other then that , i cant think of any.

i have a dark cuckoo maran rooster, he is almost 4  months old, at 3 months he started to crow which is not that bad but i live in town so if we get a complaint, he is out of here, he is so sweet and tame, he is so gentle and friendly to my hens, and very protective (but not mean protective, he does not attack people) and he is always on the look out for predators, my rooster's name is Thorin of of the Hobbit, and he was my free chick from murray mcmurray, at 1st i thought he was a barred rock, but comparing him from my other barred rock he looks different, I almost wish i had a female for their dark eggs. 

Maran Fan!


Pros: Great personality, Handle wet conditions well, good egg layers, good meat birds, fun to be around!

Cons: None

I just started hatching out marines last year.  I am addicted!  I am in the North East and find these birds cope well with summer rain storms and the change of seasons.  They handle the cold very well.  Good egg layers, good meat birds.  I find them to be somewhat entertaining with a good personality.  They are clever so make sure you have a good latch on their coop.  I have more trouble with them opening their coops and letting themselves out than I do with creditors getting in!  They will watch you work the latch/fasteners and figure out how to work it themselves!     They are also stunning!  

Love this breed!


Pros: Great personality's, fast matureing, lovely eggs.

Cons: Non really

I have raised quite a few of these birds, and am really impressed with them. They are very quick to mature, and are one of the friendliest birds I raise. They are known for their rich chocolate colored eggs, though not all strains lay super dark eggs. The roosters are mature by 4-5 months and are pretty good meat birds. I recommend this beautiful breed, coming in a wide range of colors, for your flock!

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


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! 
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Can't wait!

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