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Maran Chickens Breed Information

September 13th, 2010 at 15:10

Maran Chickens, Great Backyard Hens

Maran Chickens Appearance And Background

Marans ChickensOften called Cuckoo Marans because of their colouring, however fowl of this breed are found in many colours including black, white, wheaten, golden, silver cuckoo and brassy black.

They have a medium sized single comb, beware of some strains that have been bred purely for eggs as this could result in oddly shaped combs and incorrect leg colour, which should be white.

The breed originates from the town of Marans in France from the mid 19th century and was imported to the UK during the Victorian period.

Maran Chickens Eggs

The eggs are a rich mahogany colour and for a large breed they lay extremely well. You should expect over 200 eggs per year from your girls.

Eggs From a Marans ChickenUnfortunately the demand for these chocolate eggs has led to some indiscriminate breeding. As the chicks were the same colour, other breeds were introduced to some strains so that the chicks could be sexed at one day old allowing the breeders to just raise the pullets.

This has led to some strains having a lighter brown egg and a lighter colouring of feathers.

Most strains do not become broody, however it’s not unheard of for Marans to sit and get broody, so it’s best to check with the breeder which way his flock tends to be.

Caring For Marans 

These birds are relatively quiet and in fact some strains could be described as lazy, but if they’re kept free-range then they do like to forage and this can prevent them from becoming fat.

maran chicken pictureThey’re a good breed to mix with others and if you keep them with Leghorns and Rhode Island Reds you’ll get a nice coloured selection of eggs for your table.

They’re a breed that definitely don’t mind human interaction, so if your children are wanting to keep a few pet chickens these are ideal. They’re also a hardy bird and don’t mind wet conditions.

They love eating organic layers pellets and a handful of corn. Also your kitchen leftover greens are super treats, but don’t leave scraps down to long as they could attract vermin.

Maran chickens feeding

Don’t expect the dark brown eggs if you choose the bantam variety as most strains do not have enough pigmentation to colour the eggs as much as the larger fowl.

All In All Maran Chickens Are A Good Choice Of Bird To Select, Especially If You Wish To Keep More Than One Variety. Of Course You Get Those Lovely Brown Eggs As A Bonus…

Hers’s some Black Copper Marans enjoying clucking about and one of the hens laying a nice brown egg…

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  9. Sylvester017 Says:

    We had a Cuckoo Marans who must have been one of those bred with something else because she had no feathering on her legs and her eggs were not the dark chocolaty color you see on the egg charts. She barely laid a #3 maybe 4. Very disappointing but that is not the reason we returned her to the breeder. She was 7 lb and challenged the 4 lb White Leghorn for leadership which the gentle Leghorn promptly asserted herself quickly and humanely (not cruelly) in the challenge. Plus the Marans was a vicious cruel bully to the 2 bantam hens jumping on them and digging her claws into their backs and hard pecking their soft little heads. She was perfectly fine with humans and was a good pet allowing us to feed her by hand and hold her but she was vicious to anything littler than herself. She was lazy, not a good forager, ate feed like a pig, and only gave 2-3 eggs in a week. Not a breed I will try again. There are other smaller, gentler temperament breeds that will lay dark brown eggs.

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