Marans

Average User Rating:
4.06087/5,
  • 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. ErockRPh
    5/5,
    "The Perfect Rooster"
    Pros - Attentive to & Protective of his hens, Non-aggressive to family/kids, Social, Classic rooster coloration
    Cons - None
    Axl, my French Black Copper Maran rooster is as close to perfect as one could hope for. If any of my ladies make any sounds of alarm or distress, he is there in a flash. If it's me or my family picking up one of the girls, he will follow us step-for-step until we put her down safely, but he never displays any aggression towards us. He is first in line if I'm handing out treats, but he shares them with his favorites.

    The coloration is a like a classic rooster out of a painting. Red comb is held high, golden-yellow hackle over a copper-brown body, with a tall black tail that has a vivid green shimmer.

    If I could, I would clone Axl and hand the copies out to anyone who has had bad experiences with roosters.
  2. famerzellman
    4/5,
    "English Maran"
    Pros - intelligent, curious, sticks up for her self, and easy natured
    Cons - curious, a little aggressive to older birds, and high strong
    i love my maran but boy oh boy. She is super smart almost to smart. She likes to make the older birds mad by squaring off with them to be alfa then crying for help. Her curious nature is a positive and a negative because this could cause problems later on. She is super high strong and likes to fly around and "burn out" as i call it so you have to watch where you are walking or you will surely be tripping over her. She is defiantly giving me a run for my money and better be laying my chocolate egg soon!!!
    Overall:
    4
    Purchase Price:
    4
    Purchase Date:
    2017

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  3. Lovemylilcluckers
    5/5,
    "Great Bird"
    Pros - Quiet
    beautiful bird!
    beautiful eggs!
    friendly
    submissive
    easily handled
    easy going with others
    Cons - Absolutely none!

User Comments

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  1. Crazyredhead
    My first time having Marans. LOVE them, so dang sweet, gentle, smart.
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  2. RoosterCogburn7
    Roosters can be standoffish to man haters. But, they are one of the more delicious birds to eat. The man hater variety make wonderful fried chicken or crockpot birds. They are easy to clean. Hens tend to be standoffish, but lay beautiful dark brown eggs.
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  3. B Redhawk
    we have just started with Marans we have a copper black Rooster, one black hen and two blue hens. I plan on adding more hens in about a month from the breeder we found to get these from. His flock is closed and we like that.
  4. SYLVIA STEVENSON
    Can anyone tell me if they've ordered from Cackle Hatchery, especially any Cuckoo Marans...or Rhode Island Reds or Golden Comets, Buff Orpingtons, White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, or Easter Eggers? I have and older Cuckoo Maran and love her. She is not a big layer though she has nice eggs. What I love about her is that she talks to me and will squat sometimes if I want to pet her. She is one the neighbor gave me because her hens had plucked out most of her chest feathers. I got a batch of Black Australorps from Chickens from Backyards (which has great service) that are extremely skidish and unfriendly. Also, if I get any new breeds again, I want to try to make sure that are somewhat friendly, fairly docile and/or at least will fit well in a mixed flock without much aggression (allowing for a normal pecking order of course) and be easy to handle.
    1. MontanaChickDoc
      I got some FBCM and "dark brown egg layer surplus" chicks from Cackle in June. I find them to be spooky/flighty. Neither the current group (there are 10 total - 2 French cuckoos, lots of B or BCMs) or the two I hatched myself last year are mean birds, they don't pick on any other birds or show signs of aggression, but they are not "walk up and eat out of your hand" birds, either. I handle all my chicks a LOT and these are just not cuddly jump in your lap birds, in my experience.
      MontanaChickDoc, Jul 17, 2017
  5. 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!
  6. 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..
  7. 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.
  8. La Casa de Pollo
    The blues are great, I've had problems with all the blacks I have tried (roosters)
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    1. chonsey
      My Black Copper Maran Rooster-Joey is like a pet and docile. He hatched in my husband's hands and is very attentive.
      chonsey, Sep 16, 2017
  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. SunnyDawn
    Goodness I completely forgot about this page!

    RNM, Marans are slow to start laying. I've had a couple that were a year old before they started laying. However they do not give out after a year of laying like some production breeds do. I've had some girls that were 4+ years old giving me the same amount of eggs as they did when they were young.

    Dudley, I sympathize with your plight. I don't think the miserable winters there are conducive to getting eggs unless your whole operation is inside and heated (which causes other problems like too much humidity and the risk of fire from heat sources). I wish you the best of luck though! Let us know what worked for you over the last few years.
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