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Marans Chickens

female male

Breed Rating (58 Reviews)


Marans History

The Marans was one of the last breeds to be introduced to the UK. It was developed in France in the town of Marans in the mid 1800s. It was developed for both its meat and eggs. The eggs started to be imported to the UK by a London wholesaler. The dark brown eggs soon caught on and became very popular which led to English farmers breeding the Marans.

Marans Behaviour

Marans can be lazy birds. They will get fat very easily if allowed to therefore it is best to keep them as free range as possible to prevent this. Marans are easy to look after and if given the space will be active. They are a disease resistant breed. Marans will produce deep brown eggs and are quite placid in nature.

Marans Varieties

The majority of the Marans we see today in the UK are cuckoo coloured, ranging from a very dark grey colour down to silver. They have bright orange eyes and white legs. Best of all they produce an almost chocolate brown egg and very succulent meat. They were popular as show birds in the 1940s where there were far more colours including a gold colour cuckoo.

Marans Status


Marans Pictures

An Eglu Cube chicken house attached to a wooden walk in run.
An Eglu Cube chicken house attached to a wooden walk in run.
A maran cuckoo cockerel.
4 eggs
Chickens sharing a bath
Chickens in garden
Chickens in garden with Omlet Chicken Swing
Three chickens walking on a beach.
five small grey and black chicks next to a bowl
a small black and yellow chick being held by its owner
My maran chicken called Barry
Chickens in garden
Chicken in garden
a group of chickens on a garden lawn
Chickens in run
a baby black and white chick in a chicken coop
Chicken in run
Chicken in the snow
Marans Chicken
Marans Chicken
Marans Chicken
Chickens in garden
a black and white marans chicken
A chicken inside an omlet fence
Chicken in garden
a black and white chicken roosting in a coop
a small fluffy black and yellow chick stood on a table
a black and brown chicken having a dust bath in the sun
a black marans chicken stood on pebbles in a shaded garden

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Latest Reviews For Marans (5 of 59)

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Have had black ones before and loved them and want to get some more and chicken coop and run - James,

Marrans - Alys,

We've kept normal and minature marans and they all have very unique personalities. They are hilarious and can produce a lot of beautiful eggs every year. We have never had any trouble such as illnesses with them which is always a good sign that they are a hardy breed.

cool - Karen,

I'm glad I choose this docile breed , because its in the back garden and built up area of homes I needed a quiet bird , and I have at last found one , makes no noise very shy . double yolks for now because its just started laying , my eggs are mahogany glossy egg , first started laying small long shape egg , so found two in there , beautiful shell , silk . just so perfectly quiet , my warrens are very vocal . when they want my attention they let me know , all's want treating these do,(warrens)the young maran cuckoo is skittish , when grandkids go near them they are very flappy , crazy if u like , but hopefully as they age they will calm down,bye

- Wayne,

Wonderful birds they are very active and a little flighty. Mine are pullets and they lay beautiful dark brown eggs almost every day. They are very clever birds

Very good friendly chickens - Jeff,

A joy to have and more of a pet than a egg layer

Breeder Clubs for Marans

Marans Club


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