Is it Maran or Marans??????

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Guitartists, May 13, 2008.

  1. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    All right, which is it? I've seen it both ways, and even with breeders. The Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities has it listed as MARAN.
     
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Marans...with an s
     
  3. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    The town in France that they are named for is Marans, so they are called Marans.
     
  4. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am glad to see this question asked. While it is perfectly understandable for beginners or those unfamiliar with the breed to spell the name wrong I feel that anyone calling themselves a breeder, and especially selling eggs, should know the correct name. I would be wary of anyone selling eggs or birds and calling them a maran. I think it is no different than someone selling coocoo (yes, I've seen it) marans, or bard rocks. [​IMG]
    Sorry to go on but can you tell this is a pet peeve of mine? [​IMG]

    Richard
     
  5. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    Well, when I first got on the board.... I saw that everyone said it was Marans... but when I saw it spelt Maran on the website for critical breeds, I was stumped. I would have thought that they would at least have gotten it right. And looking around, even some other big chicken sites had it as maran.... so I just wasn't sure. But, finally after some more searching I found the French Standard and they have it listed as Marans... so yeah, that's definitely it. They are obviously not a well known chicken.

    I had been using also as a "meter" when looking for hatching eggs. Not that someone who spells it wrong has bad chickens or is a bad breeder....... but, I too like to learn all I can about what it is that I am involved with, and I can't imagine breeding something and not knowing more about it.

    I'm still learning of course [​IMG]
     
  6. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My point exactly. Breeding marans and trying to improve egg color is a bit more tricky than working with many other breeds. Corrections and culls need to be done at every generation in an attempt to reach that nirvana of dark egg and good type/color bird. There is a lot that we still do not know about regarding the genetics of these birds and communication among breeders is quite beneficial. In order to make good decisions with your stock it is next to impossible to not communicate with other, good breeders, on a regular basis and would know about your breed. When I see it spelled incorrectly by someone selling the birds/eggs, I can only assume that they are out for the buck and just have a pen or two of the things.

    They are not very well known yet but anyone selling them should know their birds well.

    Richard
     
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  7. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    While we're at it, Marans should be capitalized - it's a proper noun.
     
  8. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I actually e-mailed someone at Cackle and told them they had it spelled incorrectly. They sent me a nice e-mail and changed the spelling. [​IMG]
     
  9. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    Well im probably wrong. But in my opinion. the breed is Maran. When referring to the breed or 1 chicken. Marans. when referring to 2 or more.
     
  10. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's always "Marans", with an "s", because the city they're named for is "Marans", with an "s".

    Think of other singular nouns ending with an "s". One walrus is not a "walru". One bus is not a "bu". One hippopotamus is not a "hippopotamu". One iris is not an "iri".
     
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