Other common names: Poule de Marans; French Marans Chicken
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.
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
I have/had Blue Copper, Black Copper and Golden Salmon Marans. The Black Copper in my opinion are the best layers of the darkest and largest eggs. The Blue's and Black's can be kept together and will produce blue, black and splash. My marans came from the Bev Davis, Wade Jeane and Greenfire Farm lines. Mostly all of them have the feathered legs. Their meat is very succulent. The are very docile and have never had a mean bird. I have no experience with any cons against this breed. Personally I like the Black Copper Marans the best. They will go broody and do make wonderful mothers. They grow out pretty fast. If I was only raising two breeds of chickens, these would have to be one of them.
From immyjay54 Mar 31 2012 9:48PM
Annoying to set up but worth it!
As everyone probably knows, having water always accessible to your chickens is important for their health, but also their egg production. In the south at least, a common issue is your waterer freezing up and having to bust it and re-fill it multiple times a day in the winter. It can be expensive and annoying to install, but a heated waterer is so worth it. It keeps the water from freezing and your flock will always have access to water on it. I only had mine give out on me a couple times over the course of 5-6 years and it saved me enough hassle that I'd consider it worth it..
From Jordan Paul 60 days ago
Marans - Chickens that lay chocolate brown eggs
I searched for Marans for two years before finding some to add to my coop. I have a flock of free-ranging heritage breed chickens that I keep for egg laying. I wanted to add Maransbecause they lay beautiful, dark brown eggs.
When selecting birds I look for as much diversity as possible, both in colour of feather and of egg. I like a cold- and disease-hardy bird that forages well and is smart about keeping themselves safe from predators. Generally I prefer calmer breeds that are easy to manage, but don't need them to be friendly or act like pets.
My first attempt at raising them was last spring, when I purchased five day-old Cuckoo Maran chicks. The Cuckoo Maran is a striped bird that looks very similar to the Dominique or the Plymouth Barred rock, only their bars are less distinct giving their plumage an overall fuzzy grey quality.
I bought my Marans along with 15 other chicks of different breeds and raised them first in my living room, and later - when it warmed up outside and they were partially feathered - in an outdoor coop with a heat lamp. By the time they were a month old they were venturing out into a small outdoor, grassy run.
I was very pleased with these chicks and found them easy to raise and handle. They were somewhat flighty but not crazy, and fared well with my set-up.
At 6 weeks of age I moved them to a new coop and property. Sadly, this didn't go very well. The stress of the move coupled with a very damp spring led to an outbreak of coccidia in my flock. All of my chicks fell ill, and while some recovered, every single one of my Cuckoo Marans died.
This susceptibility to coccidia makes me cautious about buying more of this breed. I really want the dark eggs and so I will try again, but I did not find them to be as hardy as, for example, my Wyandottes of the same age (every one of which survived the outbreak).
In the future I will likely try to find pullets or adults, rather than raise them from chicks. This should hopefully reduce their chances of dying from coccidia, which is endemic on my property.
About two months ago I found one Cuckoo Maran pullet for sale, and brought her home. So far she is doing well despite the cold and, having just started laying, is giving me the occasional chocolate coloured egg.
Overall I so far find these birds to be average, but not excellent, additions to my flock. My new pullet is a quiet bird, rather nondescript in personality and very similar in looks to my Barred Rocks. Really, other than the dark eggs there is nothing to make her stand out. At the same time there are no real strikes against her other other than not being overly hardy..
From HeleneMarie Jan 22 2015 10:37PM