Marans are not yet recognized by the American Poultry Association (APA) despite their increasing popularity; however, a standard has been submitted and we are in the process of acquiring the APA-mandated number of show entries in order to be accepted. Marans (there is always an “s” on the end – even if you are speaking of an individual bird) were developed in France and are known for their famous chocolate brown egg. The shanks are feathered in the French variety and clean in the English variety.

Class: Not recognized
Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
Size: Heavy (7-8 lbs)
Rarity: Rare
Purpose: Egg-laying
Recognized Varieties: Black Copper, Silver Cuckoo,

Golden Cuckoo, White, Wheaten, Birchen, Blue, Others

Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
Egg Color: Dark Brown
Egg Size: Large

Comb Type: Single Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4

Hardy In Winter: No
Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: No
Setter/Broody: No
Personality: Varies