|The Marans originated in western France in the town of Marans. Best known
for dark chocolate colored eggs, they are also superior meat birds. Marans
are fast growers and do well in damp areas, having been developed in a marshy
area of France.
Marans are a very popular breed in Europe but have not been recognized
(yet) by the American Poultry Association (APA).
The French standard calls for birds with feathered legs. This characteristic
has been bred out of the British and many American lines.
I have Samuel, a clean legged rooster from the Fitch line of Cuckoo Marans.
His 5 ladies are feather legged (one Bill Braden hen and 4 Kelly Cratty line. I
expect to have very dark eggs available this spring.
Marans are among my favorite breeds. They are everything you'd look for in
a chicken. The roos are large boned, regal, protective of their hens, and very
|Above, Marans eggs in the incubator with Silkie
and Ameraucanas eggs.
Below, shells from a recent hatch
|Here is Samuel in November 2007. He is about 6
months old now.
|Jackie, a young hen on her nest. She is
from Bill Braden stock and has
|Meet Samuel (above). This little fellow is about
a month old. He is from eggs from Iona
McCormick. Iona has been working on the Fitch
line of Marans for about 8 years. Jim in Central
CA generously donated him and Angi Harrover
kindly transported him to me.