The original Marans (poule de Marans) come from the area around La Rochelle in south western France. The local chickens were known as ‘swamp chickens’ because the countryside is low and marshy. These original landrace birds were crossed with the local barnyard hens and game cocks from India and Indonesia that were brought in by the sailors. These originals came to be known as Marandaise fowl.
In later years the Marans was further refined by the addition of Croad Langshan, Brahmas, Coucou de Malines, Coucou de Rennes and Gatinaise chickens to produce the ancestors of the Marans breed we know today. The Marans became well known locally in France for the deep red color of its eggs (coming to be known as a favorite of James Bond!). Laying the darkest egg of all other chickens they are highly sought after.
These birds have a remarkable plumage! The overall body feathers are deep black which has a green iridescence in the sunlight. The hackle feathers on the roosters are a reddish/coppery tone. The rooster also has copper saddle feathers, which cascade over his back. While the hen is not quite so splendidly adorned, she’s still a beautiful bird who moves with grace and often dominates the barnyard. True North Homestead breeds to the French standard for feathered shanks (legs).
*Note - Day old chicks are sold straight run (unsexed).
Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee offspring egg color. Depicted is our breeding stock and an unfiltered picture of our eggs. Throughout the season Marans eggs will darken and lighten in pigmentation depending on where they are in the laying cycle. Although we do strive to produce a deep red-chocolate egg, we do not support the ideaology of breeding solely for egg color because it is a detriment to the breed; leading to inbreeding, failure to adhere to the breed standard by appearance, and enhances undesirable traits in the offspring. As local breeders we believe it is our duty to uphold the integrity of this lovely bird, not just for it's dazzling egg color but also for the bird itself and we hope you will join us in this mindset!
*respectfully exits soap box* (sorry!)
NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR SPRING 2021!
Maximum of 6 chicks per breed per customer
Local pickup only for day old chicks.
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French Black Copper Marans Day Old Chicks
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