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Marans

Average User Rating:
4.05469/5,
  • 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
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    The Marans, or French, Poule de Marans, is a French breed of chicken from the port town of Marans, in the département of Charente-Maitime, in the Poitou-Charentes region of western France. It was created with the local feral chickens descended from fighting game chickens carried from Indonesia and India. Those original Marandaise fowl were "improved" for the table through crossing with imported Croad Langshans. A favourite at poultry shows, it became a dual purpose breed known both for its extremely dark brown eggs and fine meat qualities.

    Marans are generally quiet and docile; but they are quite active, taking well to free ranging in rough terrain and are also tough and disease-resistant. Their gentle temperaments and quiet demeanor makes them ideal for suburban backyard chicken keepers, as well as any assorted farm flock as they rarely bully smaller breeds. Marans are historically a dual-purpose bird, prized not only for their dark eggs but for their table qualities as well. Though the original Marans could also be feather legged birds, British breeders preferred the clean legged version, and thus feathered legged Marans are now mainly found in France. The Australian Poultry Standard recognises both feathered and clean-legged birds, while the Marans Club of America only recognises feather-legged birds.

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    Marans egg

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    Marans chick

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    Marans juvenile

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    Marans hen

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    Marans rooster

    For more about the Marans breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-maran.1132230/
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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. ElysetheMom
    3/5,
    "Not the Best Layer"
    Pros - Large, hardy bird. Lays at least average number of eggs.
    Cons - The eggs aren't actually that dark. They don't lay as much as other breeds.
    I was a bit disappointed in this breed. The eggs really aren't "dark", just a smidgen darker than our Rhode Island Red eggs. Sometimes you can't even tell the difference. And they don't lay as many eggs as our Orpingtons and Rhode Island Reds.
    chant likes this.
  2. Lesjr883
    5/5,
    "Love mine"
    Pros - Beautiful eggs
    Cons - Not as friendly as my Orpingtons
  3. Polish Hen House
    4/5,
    "Lovely birds"
    Pros - Beautiful, talkative, some-what friendly
    Cons - Flighty, can be loud, can be hard to handle
    This bird is not for everyone. Especially not beginners or those who are afraid of birds. I have two Marans: a White Maran and a Cuckoo Maran. My White Maran is such a sweet heart. She does not like to be held for long periods of time, but she does love to sit on my shoulder. My Cuckoo Maran is very flighty and shy. She is scared of everything. She will not let me pick her up without a struggle. However, she loves to “talk” to me all the time. These are large birds so they often scare people when they fly away from them. They can be hard to handle. They are also very curious birds. I love my Marans, but they are not for everyone.
    chant likes this.

User Comments

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  1. 3-Bearss
  2. Conniebun70
    I have one beautiful rooster am trying to rehome
  3. bunsmac
    My BCM roosters are mating but they still don't crow,Maybe I will get lucky "A rooster that doesn't crow"
      chickenalia likes this.
  4. cattledogcrazy
    I have one, sadly her hatch mate did not make it so I am not sure if that is why she is odd. She is very loud, a complainer and none of my other girls, even the rooster does not like her. She is flighty and not my fav, but with the rooster and other girls putting the run on her she is getting friendlier with me. I had decided to give the breed another shot so i have 2 black copper marans and a silver salmon maran in my young hatch. Hoping these new girls are better.
  5. ChickenzRCul
    great chicken extremely nice to chickens it was raised with, can be a bully to other non familiar chickens. Definitely takes the queen position of the coop.
  6. Freisian
    My experience whilst new is so far marred.
    The cockerel was psychoticLy super violent to any humans and completely over mated and shredded the six hens. He has been rehomed with a breeder.
    The three marans hens, whilst good big (75-80 gym) dark egg layers, three hens lay two a day currently, have a major feather pecker amongst the three despite free ranging over a large area.
    Not sure the nice eggs overcome the negative behavioural traits for me and won’t be getting any more.
    I am considering replacing with more friesians due to the less neurotic sweeter nature and higher egg production ( though small) of the latter, and just hope the marans have a broody potential amongst them.
    The cock would have been great for house protection if the ranging was not near the house though.
    He was a handsome lad though
    1. SheppardRanch
      Sorry you had that experience with your Marans. I know your currently not sold on the breed but if you ever do decide to try again I can tell you we have dozens running in our large "run of the farm" flock and I have 3 little kids, the youngest being 4. If any showed a shadow of what you describe it would be in a pot. Ours have been very docile.
      SheppardRanch, May 1, 2018
    2. Freisian
      Ok, I may have been hasty, since the psycho sex mad cock went, the feather pecking stopped , one hen went broody and was an excellent mother and back in lay whilst still brooding at four weeks post hatch, the other two have not stopped laying even whilst moulting, lay approx four eggs a week each so not bad, and those eggs are HUGE and DARK. Personality wise they have calmed incredibly since mad lad went and are now accompanied by a gentleman legbar cross marans cock who they seem to adore:)
      Freisian, Aug 22, 2018
      NYCAChick and Teva like this.
  7. SheppardRanch
    One of our all time favorites! Been breeding and selling them for around 5 years and they are an all around wonderful bird with one of the most impressive eggs in the chicken world. Not the most productive layers but not terrible either.
  8. bonsaiherb
    "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."
    Lovely testimonial - just as I was reconsidering this breed. Have three ladies and 3 Speckled Sussex which will be about the same size.
    Rooster to be will be a Cookoo patterned Easter Egger who I hope lives up to half your description of Axl.
      NYCAChick and Freisian like this.
  9. DownByTheRiver
    This one is just gorgeous! What kind of Marans is that one? (The beautiful blue hen)
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  10. ldamp
    Can you tell me where I can get two Black Marans. I'm looking for older ones, a few months old getting ready to lay eggs.

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