Maran Chickens Breed InformationSeptember 13th, 2010 at 15:10
Maran Chickens, Great Backyard Hens
Maran Chickens Appearance And Background
Often 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.
Unfortunately 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.
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.
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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