Maran's for the flock ? ?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by NS2A, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. NS2A

    NS2A Songster

    Jun 11, 2007
    I'm ordering chicks in the next few weeks and so far, here's what I think we're going to get:

    5 Buff Orps hens (because we already have 3 that are a year old and really like them)

    5 Maran hens - my daughter likes the dark egg color

    5 Ameracuana hens - again, my daughter thinks the colored eggs are cool.

    10-20 Cornish X (straight run) for meat

    Are the Maran's good, friendly birds? Or is there a better dark reddish brown colored layer? I know from the hatchery the color may not be the darkest though.

    I really like the Buffs, and would just like to stick with what works, but the kids want a few different ones for the flock. I'd prefer something fairly tame, and fairly easy for the kids to handle. We had a flock of bantams, and well, they didn't work for younger kids.

    Any help/suggestions are appreciated.
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 27, 2008
  2. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    All my Marans have just reached POL. I'd say they fit in my flock fine. They stand out in no way, except for egg color. They're actually a bit non-descript, if that could even be a criticism.
  3. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    My marans are calm friendly birds. They get along with the other hens,but aren't so timid that they get pushed around.

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