Marans Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

Other common names: Poule de Marans; French Marans Chicken

The basics:
The Marans is an ancient breed, first mentioned at the end of the sixtieth-century. The breed gained recognition when present at the national exhibition in La Rochelle France in 1914. Marans were imported to Britain around 1929, and there the clean legged English version was created.

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Black Copper, Blue, Blue Birchen, Blue Copper, Blue Wheaten, Birchen, Dark Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Golden Salmon, Silver Cuckoo, Wheaten, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Bantam: 28 - 32 oz
Largefowl: 6.5 - 8 lbs
Personality: Calm and gentle natured.
Broody: Occasionally
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Chocolate Brown
Egg size: Extra Large

What else you should know:
Please Note: That Marans from private breeders and hatcheries are very different in personality, size, and most hatchery Marans lay light brown eggs.


chocolate colored eggs, cold tolerance, free range, quick-growing birds, dual-purpose breed, calm birds


require shade, little more flighty, small gene pool, feisty birds Marans


Cuckoo Marans, feathered feet, Black Copper Marans, true consistent egg, darkest yolk

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Marans Chicken

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