Marans

Some incredible Marans eggs from Belgium
Photo © Jos Gruijters 2002 Belgium

A circle of Marans eggs with a white and 2 normal brown eggs in the center for contrast
Photo ©Judy Linn

Marans eggs, with one white egg for contrast

This breed, which originated in western France in the town of Marans, is best known for its dark chocolate colored eggs. It is a fast grower and does well in damp areas, having been developed in a marshy portion of France. The original French birds have feathered legs, but this characteristic has been bred out of the British and many American lines. The French recognize 8 varieties: 1. Silver Cuckoo, 2. Golden Cuckoo, 3. White, 4. Coppered Black, 5. Black, 6. Wheat, 7. Black-tailed Fawn, and 8. Ermine; they are considering adding the Silvered Black (created since 1932 and remarkable for the color and spherical form of its eggs). In the Cuckoo Marans, males are lighter in color than females--it is said to be possible to color sex them even as chicks with pretty good accuracy. I've never seen or heard about the other varieties.

More information (in French and English) on the history of this breed--"the hens that lay James Bond's favorite eggs"--can be found at the site "La Marans."

And here's an article on "The Marans" from the SPPA Bulletin.


Breed clubs:

Marans Preservation Society
R. M. Presley
133 County Road 437
Athens, TN 37303
e-mail: rmpresley49@gmail.com

Marans of America Club

The Marans Chicken Club USA

The Marans Club
Mr. Ken Nash
phone: 01827 872 274

Marans Club de France
Serge
Deprez 12
rue de l'Église
02500 - OHIS
France
phone: +333 23 97 45 03
pages in French and English


Marans Links:

North American Marans Club Line Registry

Marans 101 from the SPPA

Lots of interesting Marans history and facts at Dark Brown Egg

Marans Egg Color Chart

Oil paintings of Marans

You'll find many varieties of Marans at Bev's Marans

Marans at Lyn's AlmostAFarm

South Yeo Farm East

Marans at Whitmore Farm

The Marans Chicken Club forum

Littlepeddler's Marans

Marans at Cree Farms

poultrykeeper.com on Marans

Gar Creek Poultry has various Marans

Texas Marans

Marans at Fitz Farm

Various varieties are available at French Marans Chickens.

Copper and Birchen Marans at Heritage and Rare Poultry

Various Marans are found at Our Flybabies

Wheaten Marans at Skyline Poultry

Bob's Biddies has Cuckoo Marans

Taylor Hobby Farms has Black Copper Marans

There are Lavender Marans at Omelet Ranch

Cuckoo Marans at Stellar Gamebirds

Carter's Legacy Farms sells Cuckoo Marans.

You can get Black and Blue Copper Marans from Chicken Scratch Poultry.

Heaven Sent Ranch has Marans


A Cuckoo Marans cock viewed from both sides.

A Cuckoo Marans hen
Photo courtesy of Ray Seney

Marans Egg Colour Chart
Photo courtesy of Susan Shaw-Cooper

More Marans eggs -- these from Germany
Photo courtesy of Susan Aldridge

This photo shows clearly the difference between Gold and Silver Cuckoo Marans
Photo © Jos Gruijters 2003 Belgium

Marcia's White Marans cock "Sunny" and a White pullet
Photos courtesy of Marcia Delaski

A 4-month-old Cuckoo Marans pullet with well-feathered legs
Photos courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A Black Copper Marans rooster
Photo courtesy of Greenfire Farms

Black Copper Marans cockerels
Photos courtesy of Danielle Gadd

Young Black Tailed Buff Marans
Photo courtesy of Anderson Hatchery

Best in Show Marans from the UK 07 Nationals
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A Gold Salmon Marans hen
Photo courtesy of Janet Tallon

A Blue Copper Marans rooster
Photo courtesy of Paul Bradshaw and Greenfire Farms

Silver Black Marans from Belgium
Photo © Jos Gruijters 2002 Belgium

A Blue Birchin Marans cockerel
Photo courtesy of Sally Donoghue

Black Copper Marans from Heaven Sent Ranch
Photos courtesy of Debi Stuhr

A pair of Blue Copper Marans
Photos courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A Chocolate Cuckoo Marans pullet at 9 weeks
Photo courtesy of Gay Clarke

A Splash Marans pullet
Photo courtesy of Danielle Gadd

Two nice Cuckoo Marans bantam hens
Photos courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A Blue Copper Marans rooster
Photo courtesy of Greenfire Farms

A pair of Black Copper Marans
Photos courtesy of Buddy E. Henry

Black Copper Marans rooster from France
Photo courtesy of Stuart Sutton - french-hens@hotmail.com

Three-month-old Cuckoo Marans: two pullets and a lighter cockerel
Photo courtesy of Bill and Sue Tivol

Black-tailed Buff Marans and Splash Marans, both from Belgium
Photos © Jos Gruijters 2003 Belgium

Marans bantam (left) and large females
Photos courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A Black Copper Marans flock
Photo courtesy of Anderson Hatchery

"Misty," a Blue Marans hen
Photo courtesy of Greg Catt

Wheaten Marans from Belgium
Photos © Jos Gruijters 2002 Belgium

A Black Copper rooster
Photo courtesy of Anderson Hatchery

Wheaten Marans
Photos courtesy of Buddy E. Henry

A Cuckoo Marans pullet on range
Photo courtesy of Pam Marshall

A Black Marans rooster
Photo courtesy of Andrea Glover

A Blue Marans cockerel
Photo courtesy of Laurie Brooke Adams

From England -- a Cuckoo Marans rooster
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

Cuckoo Marans: Cockerel and pullets
Photo courtesy of Robert Stephenson

Pam's Cuckoo cockerel
Photo courtesy of Pam Marshall

A young trio of White Marans
Photo courtesy of Laura Phillips

Here is a Black Marans hen
Photo courtesy of Marcia Delaski

A Birchen Marans cockerel surrounded by pullets
Photos courtesy of Marcia Delaski

A Black Copper Marans pullet
Photo courtesy of Bonnie Meikle

A Copper Black Marans pair from Belgium
Photo © Jos Gruijters 2002 Belgium

A Birchen Marans pullet from above
Photo courtesy of Janet Tallon

A pair of Black Copper Marans, a young male on the left
Photos courtesy of Janet Tallon

A very nice bantam Marans hen from the UK
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A fourteen-week-old pair of Black Marans
Photo courtesy of Heather Langdon

A handsome White Marans cockerel
Photo courtesy of Marcia Delaski

This is a Blue Copper Marans cockerel
Photos courtesy of Joshua Trujillo

Another flock of Black Copper Marans
Photo courtesy of Monika Malling

An 18-week-old Black Copper Marans pullet
Photo courtesy of Sheila Corbitt

My five-year-old Marans hen "Lori," that I keep because she is an excellent broody
Photo courtesy of Ginger Carson

White Marans from a feather-legged strain
Photos courtesy of Bill Braden

Dwarfism (a rare mutant) in Marans: note small comb and wattles and short legs on this pullet
Photo courtesy of Laura Phillips

These 8-week-old Whites hatched as sports from Cuckoo Marans
Photo courtesy of David Grote

A Frizzled Marans rooster
Photo courtesy of Leva

This hen was a perfectly normal Black Marans before her molt
Photo courtesy of Carol Werner

Speckledy Hens, a popular commercial cross (with what, I don't know) of Marans in England - I believe it's one of the Sex-links
Photo courtesy of Sue Flude


Two Cuckoo Marans chicks, with a younger sibling
Photo courtesy of Sylvia Peatman

Blue Copper Marans chicks
Photo courtesy of Taryn Koerker

A couple more Cuckoo Marans chicks
Photo courtesy of Lester Stocker

Color sexing Cuckoo Marans at 4 days: female on left
Photos courtesy of Laura Phillips

A Black Copper Marans chick -- you can see the leg feathering on this chick, which is the standard in France, the country of origin for the breed
Photo © Sheane & Bonnie Meikle

A Blue Splash Marans chick and a Cuckoo chick showing feathered legs
Photos courtesy of Taryn Koerker


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