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Marans

Average User Rating:
4.06604/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Average
    Climate Tolerance:
    Cold
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Dark Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Docile
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Silver Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, White, Copper Black, Black, Wheaten, Black-tailed Buff, and Ermine. MANY colors in development!
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    Marans have been recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA). Marans (there is always an "s" on the end - even if you are speaking of an individual bird) were developed in France and are known for their famous chocolate brown egg. The shanks are feathered in the French variety and clean in the English variety.
    Marans are known for their beautiful egg color, and are not considered a true Marans unless they can lay a #4 or better at some point of the laying cycle according to the Marans Egg Colour scale (http://marans-club.club.fr/echllang.htm). Egg color typically will be the darkest at the beginning of the laying cycle, and will then lighten up through the cycle. It is thought that dark egg color is passed down by the rooster; thus, having hens that will typically lay a #4 on the Marans Egg Colour Scale with a rooster that was hatched from a much darker egg will result in the offspring laying somewhere between the color of egg produced by the hens and the egg the rooster hatched from.

    Don’t buy Marans without verification that the flock can produce #4 eggs. This does not mean that every egg produced will be #4, but that the flock has demonstrated that they can produce #4 eggs. Reputable breeders will have many pictures of their eggs, and most will send an egg shell sample upon request.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: Cold

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size: Large
    Egg Color: Dark Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Easily handled,Docile

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Silver Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, White, Copper Black, Black, Wheaten, Black-tailed Buff, and Ermine. MANY colors in development!
    Breed Details:
    I have found Marans to truly be a pleasure to raise. They are quite regal in appearance, and are "easy keepers." And, you just can't beat those gorgeous, dark, reddish-brown eggs!

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Recent User Reviews

  1. wflynt01
    5/5,
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    Pros - Calm, Friendly, Curious, Smart, Good Layers
  2. Peach Mom
    5/5,
    "Friendly, smart, curious birds that have had..."
    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 anything (except each other). The one I have now even accepts my chicken friendly cat in his run area.
    Overall:
    5
  3. Garjzla
    3/5,
    "Satisfied with egg color, but they're..."
    Pros - Beautiful eggs, get along with others, big birds, easy to raise
    Cons - Very skittish, like to go into trees, aren't very proficient layers
    I've had these birds for a while, and I'm not very satisfied with them, but they'll still be staying on the farm all the same.

    Even as chicks they were skittish, and I can't even go near them now. Which is kind of a bummer, because they greatly resembled barred rocks and I've had the best experience with barred rocks, so I just expected more from them.

    But all in all, they're okay for egg laying, and their eggs are gorgeous. Too bad they don't lay in the coop, because they won't go in it.
    Overall:
    3.5

User Comments

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  1. FlyWheel
    I included a Cuckoo Marans in my latest batch, Specifically because they got broody, which is not a trait that EE's, Aussies or ProReds are particularly famous for. And if I need to raise more chicks I prefer to let a real mother do it. Mine just started laying, the eggs aren't the dark chocolate brown, but Cuckoo's aren't known for really dark eggs either. It is definitely darker than All my other brown layers though, Very easy to pick out!
  2. FlyWheel
    I included a Cuckoo Marans in my latest batch, Specifically because they got broody, which is not a trait that EE's, Aussies or ProReds are particularly famous for. And if I need to raise more chicks I prefer to let a real mother do it. Mine just started laying, the eggs aren't the dark chocolate brown, but Cuckoo's aren't known for really dark eggs either. It is definitely darker than All my other brown layers though, Very easy to pick out!
  3. arrowti
    We had the misfortune of hatching eggs a few years ago in the hopes of getting marans (we ordered 24 maran eggs and they put in 12 random extra breed eggs as backups). Alas, only 12 eggs hatched, and only 6 of them were marans. Of even worse luck, 3 of them were roosters. We also had 3 mixed maran breeds.

    Although none of the roosters were ever aggressive with us they were very aggressive with the hens. And by that I mean they were vicious - ripping off strips of flesh and feathers from their heads while mating, tearing a large chunk out a hen's side while fighting over their favourite, and beat the two favourites out of 40 hens in the flock black and blue...

    I'm glad you have great roosters because it's no fun getting the aggressive ones!

    I have to agree on the eggs, the ones we got were amazing and huge. And the frostbite. Definitely the frostbite..
  4. arrowti
    We had the misfortune of hatching eggs a few years ago in the hopes of getting marans (we ordered 24 maran eggs and they put in 12 random extra breed eggs as backups). Alas, only 12 eggs hatched, and only 6 of them were marans. Of even worse luck, 3 of them were roosters. We also had 3 mixed maran breeds.

    Although none of the roosters were ever aggressive with us they were very aggressive with the hens. And by that I mean they were vicious - ripping off strips of flesh and feathers from their heads while mating, tearing a large chunk out a hen's side while fighting over their favourite, and beat the two favourites out of 40 hens in the flock black and blue...

    I'm glad you have great roosters because it's no fun getting the aggressive ones!

    I have to agree on the eggs, the ones we got were amazing and huge. And the frostbite. Definitely the frostbite..
  5. mymilliefleur
    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with your Marans. I had wheaten Marans years ago and loved them. I would like to get some more again some day. I would look into getting hatching eggs from a member here on BYC, I've seen several reputable people selling maran eggs here.
  6. mymilliefleur
    Sorry to hear you had a bad experience with your Marans. I had wheaten Marans years ago and loved them. I would like to get some more again some day. I would look into getting hatching eggs from a member here on BYC, I've seen several reputable people selling maran eggs here.
  7. La Casa de Pollo
    The blues are great, I've had problems with all the blacks I have tried (roosters)
  8. La Casa de Pollo
    The blues are great, I've had problems with all the blacks I have tried (roosters)
  9. bappl
    Oh how funny that they open your latches! I just got my three chicks today and noticed that one was very, very curious. Then I read your post! That is funny!
  10. bappl
    Oh how funny that they open your latches! I just got my three chicks today and noticed that one was very, very curious. Then I read your post! That is funny!

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