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Country of Origin: France
Primary Use: dual purpose
Bird Size: 6.0-8.0
Egg Production: excellent
Egg Size: Large to XL
Egg Color: dark chocolate brown – brown depending
Comb Type: Single
Hardiness: heat and cold tolerant
Temperament: friendly and kind, overall great personality both roosters and hens
We are thrilled to bring you the Black Copper Maran! We are really in love with this breed. They are friendly, gentile, gorgeous and lay some beautiful dark chocolate eggs. Marans lay around 150-200 dark brown eggs each year depending on the variety. Marans are historically a dual-purpose bird, which means both a table bird and egg layer. Their gentle temperaments and quiet demeanor makes them ideal for suburban backyard chicken keepers, as well as any assorted farm flock as they rarely bully smaller breeds. A great family bird. As breeders, we focus on hardiness, friendliness, and dark chocolate-brown egg color, when selecting who to keep as breeders and which eggs to hatch, all while keeping the standard of the Marans breed in mind. All of our Marans have feathered legs down through their outside toe. This is the French Standard, as well as the American Standard for this breed (British Marans have clean legs). About 80% of our hens have gorgeous copper hackles, and the few solid girls we have, lay our very darkest eggs! We breed both Black Copper Marans and Black Silver Marans, which all live together. So with the genetic lottery and our color ratios, about 25% of the chicks will hatch out Black Silver, about 50% will hatch out Black Copper, and about a 25% chance you will get the “Unicorn” of the Marans’ world… a Splash Marans!
Why are Black Copper Marans so popular? Their chocolate brown eggs, of course! Everyone looks at those extra deep brown eggs and they say: “That’s a tasty egg”.It’s no wonder why many French chefs only cook with Copper Marans eggs.In fact, it is mentioned in the James Bond novel, “From Russia with Love”, Marans eggs are the agent’s favorite egg. Reasons why chefs may prefer the Marans egg are that their yolk sits perfectly centered within the white. It holds an ideal dome shape. Black Copper Marans produce eggs with a deep, golden color.When we reach into the egg basket in the morning for breakfast, we always choose their chocolate eggs first. There’s just something about their color that makes them so much more appealing. Black Copper Marans eggs are reason enough to choose this breed as your go to layer. We have sourced our breeding flock from Greenfire Farms, and other APA certified flocks, we are in process of acquiring other genetic lines to diversify and create our own breed/line. We have noticed that our birds because they are brought up in “rough” weather conditions of Vermont are more disease resistant, and able to tolerate extreme conditions.
The Marans is a breed of chicken from the port town of Marans France. The breed was created with the local feral chickens descended from fighting game chickens carried from Indonesia and India. It is certainly a favorite at poultry shows, and is a dual purpose breed known both for its extremely dark eggs and fine meat qualities. Though the original Marans could also be feather legged birds, British breeders preferred the clean legged version, and thus feathered legged Marans are now mainly found in France and the United States. The American Poultry Association only recognizes feathered legged.
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Pre-ordered adults and hatchlings may be picked up by appointment. To safeguard our birds from exposure to disease brought in by visitors, in accordance with the provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, areas where birds are kept are off limits. However you are welcome to look at all the breeds and interactions, it is a site to see.