Marans Chicken

Marans chickens origins can be traced back France. They are hybrid birds of the Faverolles, Langshan, English Games and Coucou De Malines. At the 1914 national exhibition in France, the Marans made their debut as a ‘country hen’.

Still seen in France today are the original type birds with the slightly feathered legs. There are a few strains of the Copper Black Marans in the UK which still also have some feathering on their legs.

Because of this feathering they are referred to often as French Black Copper Marans chickens. Feathered shanks however are considered a serious defect according to the British Poultry Standards.

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Cuckoo Marans

Country of origin:


Primary use:

Dual-purpose meat/eggs


Male: Standard: 3.5–4 kg
Bantam: 1100 g
Female: Standard: 2.5–3 kg
Bantam: 900 g


Quiet, Docile

Recognized Varieties:

Black Tailed Buff, Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Columbian, Black Copper, Wheaten, Birchen, Black, White

Egg production (annual):


Egg color:

Dark brown

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Comb type:


Characteristics Of The Marans Chicken

Marans chickens lay deep chocolate-brown eggs. Another variety, the Black Copper and also the Silver Cuckoo Marans chickenvariety, although to a lesser extent – produce the darkest eggs of all – they are highly sought after.

They lay about 150 eggs a year. Being a dual purpose bird, they lay the beautiful dark colored eggs, but they make excellent table birds as well.

Marans chickens have a single comb.The Marans Cocks weight around 3.6 Kg and the hens about 3.2 kg. The bantam cocks will weight in between 500-550 g with the hens around 400-450 g.

Their colors can beBlack, Golden Cuckoo, Dark Cuckoo, Silver Cuckoo, Black Tailed Buff, Brown Red or Copper Black, Copper Blue, Silver Black or Birchen, White, Wheaten, and Columbien or Ermine.

The Cuckoo variety is the recognized Marans with their light background with dark colors of irregular bands.


Marans are robust chickens, docile and they interact well with people. They are tough birds too, and are good at being immune to some of the diseases. They are active birds and love to free range.

They fit in well with other chicken breeds as well. They do thrive better in the more damp climates and will battle quite a bit in the high-temperature areas. Because of this, they might suffer from physical and behavioral problems.

Marans have orange eyes. Their shanks are pink or slate colored. Their soles of their feet are white and they have white skin.

What are the Pros and Cons of the Marans Chickens?

We Liked

  • Great for beginners in backyards
  • Disease-resistant
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    More Friendly
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    Dual purpose breed
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    Layers so good
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    Colorful eggs
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    Good foragers
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We Don't Like

  • Not suitable in high-temperature areas
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    Rare Breed

Is the Marans Chicken a good choice for you?

  • If you want a whole colorful basket of eggs, then the Marans are a good choice to add to your flock of chickens.
  • If you are interested in raising Marans, it can be difficult to know where to start. It is certainly a good idea for Marans fanciers to do research on this chicken breed before you think about getting these birds.
  • The Marans also make wonderful pets, being hard, quiet and calm, and they are able to tolerate confinement as well. They are good foragers as well, not being too destructive around the garden. In fact they are best when being allowed to free range and have been noted to become a bit lazy and fat if they are raised in confined spaces.
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    Neither the hens nor the roosters are aggressive.The hens are good at laying their chocolatey eggs. They do go broody and make excellent mothers.
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    Marans chickens are very friendly and are easy to look after.
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