Marans chickens are famous for laying incredibly dark brown eggs. These birds are friendly, do well both in confinement and on the range, and they get along great in mixed-breed flocks. They have much to offer for backyards and barnyards alike.
Although nobody knows the exact breeds that were used to create the Marans, Langshans were certainly used and possibly Faverolles. The early breeders were more interested in breeding for dark brown eggs than they were for appearance, so a couple of different types emerged.
Below, you can see a video of a beautiful flock of French Black Copper Marans. However, you will see some hatchery websites showing photos of Marans with heavily feathered legs. Not only is this bad for your chickens, but they also drag this filth into the nesting boxes and onto their eggs.
Chickens with feathers on their feet are also more susceptible to scaly leg mites, so youll need to keep an eye out for that. #2 French Marans chicks can be difficult to sex, so you might end up with roosters when you wanted hens. Ive not been able to find details about why this is, but for some reason, French Marans chickens are difficult to vent sex.
Remember, the English type is often just referred to as Marans. You can always ask your hatchery or breeder if their Marans are clean-legged or feather-legged if youre not sure. Marans hens lay 150-200 large brown eggs a year. The hens who lay the extremely dark brown eggs that are characteristic of the breed are typically not the best layersits a trade off for sure.
And, interestingly, some Marans eggshells are actually thicker than eggs from other breedsaccording to a French study that was conducted at the Institute des Sciences et Vie de la Terre. In the video below, you can see Pharoah, a 26 week-old Black Copper Marans, lay her very first egg. She then erupts into an energetic egg song (the vocalizations hens make around laying time), and you can hear a rooster in the background singing along with her.
A Marans hen has to lay a dark brown egg, as without that trait it really cannot call itself a Marans. Frances Bassom, Mini Encyclopedia: Chicken Breeds & Care Many backyard chicken keepers are disappointed when they buy Marans hens who end up laying brown eggs that arent all that dark. Weve all seen the gorgeous photos of the super dark Copper Marans eggs.
And weve all heard how Marans chickens lay these incredibly dark eggs. The truth is, very few strains of Marans chickens will lay the uniquely dark and beautiful eggs you see in all the photographs. Those dark eggs require very specific genetics (which arent well understood at all), and its hard for breeders to get it right.
When breeders do breed for those extra dark eggs, they frequently end up also passing along other undesirable traits into their birds. The birds may lose a lot of the physical traits the APA calls for in the Standard of Perfection, or they wont lay very many eggs, for example. Check out the video below, where you can see a whole lot of Black Copper Marans eggs.
If you decide to do that (which I dont recommend for a brand-new chicken keeper), then make sure you purchase the darkest eggs you can findor whatever shade it is youre going for. Below, you can see some Marans chicks hatching from eggs of variable shades of brown. But the key is to choose the eggs that are the color you want your future hens to lay.
By the time your girls have laid for 6 months, their eggs will be noticeably lighter, although they should still be darker than other breeds. Additionally, your hens eggs will gradually lighten within each lay cycle. The picture below shows a color chart that breeders and poultry judges use.
To be considered a decent Marans by show-quality standards, the hens must lay eggs that are at least a #4. As the French Marans Club says, The best shell colors stabilize around 6 and 7 and A good stock can produce a proportion of eggs [at] 5 and 6. Only one hen successfully hatched a clutch (they were duck eggs and she was a great mom).
All the other times a bird went broody, moving her to a private pen to sit on her clutch always broke her brooding. Over-mating with the rooster has caused her to loose her back feathers which is very uncomfortable and leaves her open to injury from further mating. Hen saddles protect these bare backs, and will even prevent this from happening altogether if put on early enough.
Marans chickens have historically been used as a dual-purpose breed, and many homesteaders like them today for the same reason. These chickens produce a decent amount of meat with an excellent flavor. Marans are great if you just want to eat your old layers or extra cockerels.
But they take a really long time to grow and they eat a whole lot of food before butchering age. they are great consumers of large quantities of food before they reach a useful table weight. Frances Bassom, Chicken Breeds & Care Id be worried about keeping this guy in freezing temperatures with no supplemental heat in the coop.
It doesnt heat the coop, but it warms the chickens underneath it on the roosting bars, and it prevents comb frostbite on those miserably cold winter nights. Marans chickens love to range, and most varieties are in colors and patterns that blend in well with their surroundings. The White variety, of course, sticks out like a sore thumb, so you probably dont want to keep this kind in a setting where predators are on the loose.
And here, you can see a Black Copper Marans hen happily foraging, scratching around in the leaves. …[Marans are] not prone to doing anything exciting or out of the ordinary, being content to be relaxed garden hens. Frances Bassom, Chicken Breeds & Care Although Marans chickens love to free range, they also tend to thrive in a backyard.
Below, you can see Wheaten Marans chickens confined to a run, and having a great time pecking at a swinging apple. Below, you can hear a Cuckoo Marans singing the egg songthese are the typical squawking vocalizations all egg-laying hens make. And here, you can hear the beautiful crow of a Black Copper Marans rooster.
In the video below, you can see some 7 week-old Marans who are already super friendly, even at this young age when most chicks are skittish. Axl, my French Black Copper Maran rooster, is as close to perfect as one could hope for. If its me or my family picking up one of the girls, he will follow us step-for-step until we put her down safely, but he never displays any aggression towards us If I could, I would clone Axl and hand copies out to anyone who has had bad experiences with roosters.
In the video below, you can see some Black Copper Marans foraging happily in a mixed flock. #14 Many Marans crosses are Sex Links, so you wont get roosters if you dont want em! This is when an expert checks inside their vents to determine if the baby is male or female, but its only about 90% accurate.
This Sex Link is a cross between a Black Copper Marans rooster and a Barred Rock hen. If youre interested in other breeds that lay dark brown eggs, you may also want to consider Welsummers and Barnevelders. The map below shows breeders and hatcheries that sell Marans chickens.
What color eggs do Blue copper Marans lay?
Production: The Blue Copper Marans lay 150 eggs in a given season. The eggs are dark brown, being the darkest at the start of the season and lightening up as the bird continues to lay. The breed can be a dual-purpose one for both meat and eggs due to their size. Hens can become broody and raise their own young.
What is a Blue copper Marans?
French Blue Copper Marans are a fun twist on your favorite chocolate layer. They are broad, stand tall and just as their name suggests – blue and copper. They are fair layers of medium-large eggs ranging in color from caramel to chocolate. Blue Copper Marans are an active feather legged breed that loves to forage.
Are Blue copper Marans good layers?
Blue Copper Marans are good layers of a medium-dark brown egg. The eggs will be considerably darker than regular brown eggs such as you might see in a grocery store, yet not as dark as Black Copper Marans’ eggs. However, their plumage is stunning, with fiery copper hackles against the slate blue feathers.
Are Blue Maran chickens friendly?
Blue Maran Chicken. A friendly full of character bird.
Description: This is a truly rare and beautiful bird, and another in our growing collection of “chocolate egger” Marans! All have beautiful blue feathers and copper hackles, and most will have lightly feathered shanks and feet. Blue Copper Marans are good layers of a medium-dark brown egg. The eggs will be considerably darker than regular brown eggs such as you might see in a grocery store, yet not as dark as Black Copper Marans’ eggs. However, their plumage is stunning, with fiery copper hackles against the slate blue feathers. And best of all, this breed is calm and gentle, so they make a wonderful backyard pet.
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The Maran breed originates from a town called Marans, France. Its a very winter hardy breed with a docile temperament. They are more athletic and take to foraging and free ranging more often than other breeds. The French Copper Marans lay dark brown eggs.