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Marans

Average User Rating:
4.04839/5,
  • 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 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. AudieWarren
    2/5,
    "Wouldn't have another one."
    Cons - Had a couple maran rooster. They were so aggressive.
  2. SheppardRanch
    5/5,
    "One of our all time favorites!"
    Pros - Large bird with beautiful large eggs, great foragers.
    Cons - Not super productive layers
    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.

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  3. Compost King
    3/5,
    "Not the best breed for me"
    Pros - Supposedly dark eggs, but mine weren't much darker than an orpington. The Roosters were gentle when I picked them up
    Cons - Egg production not the best considering how much they eat. Egg shells not as dark as advertised.
    This breed just wasn't for me, nothing special to look at, Eggs were not exceptionally great, they do not lay in abundance however they seem to eat a lot. They forage pretty well, but they don't seem to cover every inch of ground like other chickens do. I had the American or British version, not the feather legged French version which I get the feeling are much better, they cost most too.

User Comments

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  1. 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
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  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. DownByTheRiver
    This one is just gorgeous! What kind of Marans is that one? (The beautiful blue hen)
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  5. 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.
  6. Tally Chick
    Would a Maran be a good rooster for babies to use for eggs and to breed with broiler hens for meat? I'm new to breeding my chickens and want to raise meat birds and would like to have one rooster.
    Thanks
    1. dldolan
      Hi,
      I raise Marans and often keep a smaller broiler hen (the larger ones will die if left to grow out, so I often use the slow-grow meat birds) to breed with the Marans rooster for meat. The cross is slightly slower growing, but the meat is very good. Dawn
      dldolan, Mar 22, 2018
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  7. CrazyChickenLadyinGa
    My first time having Marans. Awesome
  8. happyfrenchman
    Did you hatch them yourself? At 8 months, you should be able to see what they are looking like. If it were earlier, I would say I favor the darker bird, but that is because I know the copper will come because I have the father and the mother.
    1. frankdust
      Yes, I incubate/raise my own
      frankdust, Dec 18, 2017
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    2. happyfrenchman
      Which standard are you wishing to meet. I personally believe the French Standard is much more fun.
      happyfrenchman, Dec 20, 2017
  9. frankdust
    Have 5, 8 month old French Black Copper Maran's Roosters and trying to decide which 3 to keep. All 5 are beautiful roosters but 2 have solid black chest and other 3 have specks of copper on chest. Which is better solid black chest or lightly copper speckled chest for meeting standard requirements?
  10. Kim62
    Hi-
    Would someone share where they bought their Black Copper Marans and had a good experience, Please?

    thanks

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