What are Marans like?

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
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I just hatched my first wheatens this spring and they're about ready to lay. I'd say they aren't quite as calm as my cuckoos, but they are far from flighty. I'm anxious to see how dark their shells are. They hatched from fairly dark eggs. Personally I think they're the prettiest of the Marans colors.
 

Chicabee19

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I am thinking of trying to find a Wheaten Marans when it comes time to get our chickens.

 

Katy

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jun 29, 2007
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Kansas~50+ yrs of chickens
Unless you just happen to get lucky you more than likely won't find just one to buy. You'll probably have to get eggs to hatch....and those there will be a waiting list.
 

onthespot

Deluxe Dozens
11 Years
Mar 29, 2008
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bayhorsebonne on ebay sells them. She told me her wheatens don't lay as consistently as her copper blacks. She said they more easily stop laying with weather changes, stress, etc... but they are probably her most gorgeous birds. they are something else! BIG, fluffy, gentle, very impressive to look at.
 

Chicabee19

Songster
11 Years
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Seems like it's the solid blacks and whites that do the best laying per anecdotal information...

I was trying to avoid either of those.

onthespot -- what sort of bird is your avatar???
 
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onthespot

Deluxe Dozens
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He is a mille fleur cochin. That was a juvenile photo of him. Just took a fresh mug shot this morning. Ta da! His first eggs are under a broody and due this next week! He is in with mottleds so all the babies will be split to mille fleur, but none will show it. I can't wait!
 

onthespot

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not yet. I won't have any females until these eggs hatch and I get pullets back with their father, or back with a split half brother. Depends on what hatches and how it turns out.
 

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