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Does anyone have Marans??? ...wondering about their personality

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by oliviad51, Jul 13, 2010.

  1. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Songster

    Jul 23, 2009
    North Carolina
    I am going to be getting some Silver Cuckoo Maran and some Ameracauna chicks in the mail in a week or so. I have some Ameracauna hens but I was wondering about the Marans. I know they lay chocolate brown eggs..but does anyone have experience with them? Im just curious about their personality.
  2. shellz131

    shellz131 Sams Memory Lane

    Jun 28, 2010
    Malone Ny
    just looked it up in my Meyer catalog...
    origin . France
    egg color .dark brown
    disposition.calm,quiet and gentle
    hope this helps [​IMG]
  3. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Songster

    Jul 23, 2009
    North Carolina
  4. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Songster

    Apr 1, 2010
    There is a great thread on here for Marans. I just saw it under recent posts. I have one, and she is still a bit skittish, but she is so pretty, and sweet.
  5. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Songster

    Dec 14, 2009
    I think it varies a lot bird-to-bird within a breed. I thought that the Cuckoo Marans we got would be on the calm and friendly side, but they were completely wild---totally loco. We named them Looney and Tooney, and they are just at point-of-lay now. They have red faces and are squatting at 20 weeks, but no eggs yet.
  6. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
    Interested in marans for their pretty eggs, so I'm lurking this thread...
  7. TurtleChick

    TurtleChick Songster

    Oct 3, 2007
    Tacoma, WA
    i also think it makes a difference if you're getting hatchery vs. private breeder stock. hatchery birds are bred for egg laying and early maturing, mostly - while private breeders should be breeding for a "truer" to type bird, more uniformity in all sorts of things, including temperament. for instance, true ameraucanas vs. hatchery ee'rs - vastly different in looks and temperament. even lots of "purebreds" from hatcheries have a little mixing here and there - to improve maturation and egg laying i think. anyway! that's my two cents! and marans in particular, i don't know. [​IMG]

    most important: have fun with your new babies! [​IMG]
  8. FRlEDeggs

    FRlEDeggs Songster

    Jun 6, 2010
    I have a Cuckoo Marans and she is a bit skittish, but calm [​IMG] If you're getting Silver Cuckoo though you won't get those deep brown eggs they talk about [​IMG]
  9. crj

    crj Songster

    Dec 17, 2009
    Rocky Point, NC
    I had 8 French Black Copper Marans. Out of the 8 I had 6 roosters. The roosters were so sweet my husband thought they were sick....... lol. I did have one that couldn't see well. Poor guy, would miss his mark everytime he tried to fly. We ended up culling 5 roosters. I still have a rooster and 2 hens. I love them. You can go right up to them and pick them up. They aren't flighty birds. Very sweet. The hens started laying eggs a few weeks ago. They lay the darkest egg of all the Marans. So far one hen is laying a great color but the other one hasn't quite figured it out yet. Her eggs don't have that coating on it yet. She maybe rushing the egg since she isn't laying them in the nest box. They may just pop out. Don't really know.

    About 2 weeks ago we bought 3 Black Copper Marans and 2 Blue Marans. They are about 10 weeks old. They will lay dark eggs but not as dark as the French Black Copper Marans. They are a beautiful dark redish brown color. The eggs aren't consistant yet and are small. About the size of an EE's egg at this stage.
  10. oliviad51

    oliviad51 Songster

    Jul 23, 2009
    North Carolina
    oh no! Thats the main reason I purchased the chicks was for the eggs! Is it possible that the place you got your chickens from, the marans aren't purebred?

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