Why are Black Copper Marans Such a most wanted chicken

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by funonahonda, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. funonahonda

    funonahonda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Where can a person get some of these chicks and why are they so sought after? Who is the better blood lines?
  2. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Are you wanting them because they are so sought after or are you wanting them because you like the breed characteristics? If you are wanting them just because everyone else does, you'll likely be disappointed, unless you do some research. Theres a lot of information on this web site about marans, a little research will get you more information than you can imagine.
  3. funonahonda

    funonahonda Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2008
    Central Ohio
    One thing that I have found is that maybe there eggs are the darkest brown egg out there and what else I'm not sure?
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    "flavor of the month" [​IMG]

    I am sure they are very nice chickens and all that, but not necessarily proportionate to their current fad status. Things come, things go.

  5. Krys109uk

    Krys109uk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Probably first & foremost they are desirable because of their egg colour. However they have great personalities. Perhaps not the most friendly chicken going but vigorous & great fun to watch.
  6. tfpets

    tfpets Mmm, tastes like chicken

    Quote:Welllll, why are you seeking them.....that could be the answer as to why all of the tons of other folks want them, and why they are so hard to get ahold....Supply and demand.

    Where can you get them? Good Breeders are all over, you can look online at the Marans yahoo groups, and ask, but alot of the folks there have lengthy waiting lists, sometimes a year long, and the eggs or chicks are pricey...but you want Better Blood lines....

    I purchased some of my eggs from Whitmore Farms online at http://www.whitmorefarm.com/maran.html
    Whitmore is a great man to work with.

    Lee and Penny at Penny's Little Gem Hatchery sells a variety of pure bred chicks including Marans. I am waiting on an order of other chicks, not Marans, but they have a very good reputation!

    If you want Descendents of Better Blood Lines, many folks here on BYC are selling eggs too.....you can read the thread titled
    Marans Thread for Posting Pics of Your Eggs, Chicks and Chickens or
    It has oodles of us on it!

    I hope this was helpful!!! Marans of all kinds are awesome, and dark eggs are soooo fascinating. [​IMG]

    (OH - if you dont have to have the BEST - I'll send you some of my Black Copper Marans eggs for the price of shipping)
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009
  7. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    I think they are popular because of the egg color and they are prized eggs by top chefs around the world.

    You can get some chicks from tgcole on here. Just PM him and he will fix you right up. I ordered 12 from him and he sent me 14. He has a very good line of chicks and I was very impressed with them and him as well.

    Good Luck.
  8. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2007
    I had my heart set on some 'chocolate' egg colors... I did lots of research on the breed and chose Black Copper because I LOVED the rooster.. I did not like the price of them--but I hate that the breeders are soooo backed up with their egg/chick/hen orders that you have to wait a yr. to get something nice....So, I decided to forgo the Marans for a while to see if the market becomes ''flooded with them" and the 'flavor of the month' people move on..
  9. Sock Puppet

    Sock Puppet Grumpy Hen

    Mar 3, 2009
    Mesa, Arizona
    I want them because of the egg color [​IMG] and I think they are a pretty bird too.
  10. Jeff9118

    Jeff9118 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2009
    Greenup KY
    Has to be egg color as they have not yet been excepted by the APA. A standard has been set and they are being presented to the APA in June in hopes they will be accepted. A french standard has been made and 1 thing I noticed is the standard says 5 points on the comb so if they do get accepted most peoples stock will not be standard since most of what I have seen look like they have saw blades for combs.

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