Marans are a hardy breed that originated in France. The breed is pronounced "mah-rahn," after the town of Marans, France. "Marans" is pronounced with a silent "s" and is spelled as "Marans" even when using the singular form.
Known for their dark, chocolate colored eggs, they are also a dual purpose chicken that yields delicious meat. The dark color of the Marans egg is part of the bloom. Because of this, egg color varies with season, age and quality of the bird. We breed for egg color and Standard of Perfection guidelines. It can take up to 20 or more eggs from a new Marans layer to achieve its final color. Marans eggs start out darkest at the beginning of the laying season and lighten over time, returning to their original color after a molt or other period of rest.
We have several different breeding pens of Marans. Birds from our Black Copper Marans only pen lay the darkest eggs of all the color varieties available. Hens from this pen are laying eggs that are a 6 to 8 on average.
Furthermore, we have a breeding pen that produces Blue Copper, Black Copper and Splash Marans (BBS). Hens from this pen are laying slightly lighter eggs that are generally a 4 to 6 on the Marans color scale. The unique thing about these varieties is that you can breed Blue, Black and Splash Marans together and hatch out purebred chicks.
Blue x Blue = 50% Blue / 25% Black / 25% Splash
Blue x Splash = 50% Blue / 50% Splash
Blue x Black = 50% Blue / 50% Black
Splash x Black = 100% Blue
Black x Black = 100% Black
Splash x Splash = 100% Splash
All of our Marans are bred toward the standard of perfection (SOP) and have copper hackles and feathered shanks.
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