Marans Chickens

Marans Chickens

Do you love chocolate?

Well, there is a chicken just for you. One that lays eggs that look like the Easter Bunny just brought them. Dark, luscious, chocolate colored  eggs that are almost too pretty to eat.

The Marans chickens came from Marans, France in the mid 1800′s. They made their way to England in the early 1900′s, and very quickly became popular for their extremely dark brown CHOCOLATE colored eggs. Marans eggs are exceptional gourmet eggs and are highly prized by chefs around the world. They are also widely used for their meat in fine restaurants.

These beautiful birds were first exhibited in 1929 in Paris by the Poultry Breeders Society of France.  Since then they have made themselves popular in many countries around the world.

Marans roosters weigh in at about 7-8 pounds and the hens are good layers of large and extra large chocolate colored eggs. They usually lay 3-4 eggs a week or about 150 eggs a year.

Marans come in several varieties and colors:

Black, Black Copper, Silver Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, White, Wheaten, Birchen, Blue, Blue Copper and Splash are among the most popular colors.

Good pure Marans are very difficult to find and the chickens and eggs are quite pricey. The French standard calls for feathered shafts or legs. Some of these qualities are hard to breed true, so it’s important that you find a good breeder if you’re looking for Marans.

Egg color can vary from flock to flock. Hens usually lay their darkest eggs at the beginning of their egg cycle. The longer they lay, the lighter brown the egg can become. The darkest chocolate eggs are highly sought after by breeders.

Marans were developed in the marshy area of France, so do well in damp climates. Cold weather can be hard on their large combs and wattles, which can freeze easily.

Most Marans are docile and friendly chickens. They are great free-range chickens and their beautiful colors make them a great addition to any flock. We have Black Copper Marans and Wheaten Marans on our acreage and just love these chickens.

Photo of our Black Copper Marans rooster.

 

 

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6 Responses to “Marans Chickens”

  1. Now that is a fine looking rooster for sure! Never heard of Chocolate eggs. Never to old to learn is certainly true!
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  2. Jeff Wellman says:

    Well you all have me sold. One of my next investments will be Marans. Pretty sure it will be Wheaten Marans. Very beautiful bird.

  3. admin says:

    Jeff, Thanks again for stopping by. Yes the Marans are beautiful. The many colors of the birds and their beautiful brown eggs sold us. The French claim the egg to be higher in Omega 3 so insist on using them in all their cooking.

  4. Sam Hurley says:

    Thanks for your very informative article it has provided some great insights. I particularly like that the eggs may be higher in Omega 3 – very interesting!

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  5. Tony Strickland says:

    I’m finding it very hard to find a Wheaten Maran Rooster. Someone said I could use a Black Copper Maran Rooster and get 1/2 black and 1/2 Wheaten. Is this true or have I been given the run around.

  6. Carol Hansen says:

    I would just stick with finding a Wheaten. It will save you a lot of grief in the long run. A mix is a mix.

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