Marans All

By brahmakid11 · Jan 10, 2012 · ·
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    all Created by orpingtonkid11
    Breed Information, Comments, and Experience with breed:

    There are 9 recognized colors in the French Standard: Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Black, Birchen, Black Copper, Wheaton, Black-tailed Buff, White and Columbian; other colours not officially recognized (such as Blue Copper) also exist. Black Copper (black with copper feathers on the neck) and Cuckoo (barred feathers, giving a black and white speckled appearance) are the most common of these. The breed as it was when first brought to England was very variable in appearance. The only colours at this time were the white and brassy black. The breed became more of a standard breed than a country fowl due to the vigorous breeding standards of early British breeders, however this was only started fairly early in the 20th century, To the present day there is still much work to be done as "throw backs" are prevalent in the form of white and black birds being bred from other coloured strains. Sporadically appearing yellow colouration to the legs and beak rather than the preferred white is also a problem found in the breed. All have red or orange eyes and white feet. They are in the medium weight class, generally rather smaller than the more common Rhode Island Red. The original Marans have feathered legs but this has been bred out by many UK breeders.





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  1. hellbender
    The Marans I've seen are larger or at least as large as RIRs...especially the Cuckoos.
  2. TheTropix
    Gee whiz, canesisters, I hope not!! I just got 21 (mixed varieties) 2 - 4 week old Marans chicks last night. Now I get to watch them grow up and decipher who's who! (can't wait! tee hee)
  3. canesisters
    Is it true that they are harder to raise than some other breeds?
  4. RNM Chicks
    I have some that are lavender (they were called blue splash, or black splash by the farm that we got them from.) They are lovely, with slate legs and feet, but have yet to produce an egg. Our blacks lay 1 or 2 a week right now.

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