Our Marans

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On our small farm in Choctaw, Oklahoma we raise Blue Copper and Black Copper Marans, and our lines are made up of several other lines including: Campbell lines (Wade Jean, Channing Grisham and Bev Davis lines) and this year we are proud to be adding Littlepeddler’s Marans to our breeding program.  We are also working on adding F1 and F2 Olive Eggers which will likely be available spring of 2017, or possibly as early as fall of 2016.  We are part of the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP).

 

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We offer hatching eggs which consist of Blue Copper and Black Copper Marans.  Because we have a relatively small flock, hatching eggs are available on a very limited basis.  We are currently not able to provide more than one dozen at any given time.  By the time we have a full dozen available, they pretty much need to go right in the incubator for the most-successful hatch.  For this reason, bulk orders are not currently available.  We also sometimes have Black Copper Marans Chicks available.  Please visit our Store tab for more information.

 

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The following information on the Marans breed has been taken from the APA Standard of Perfection:

The Marans breed originated in France in marshy areas close to the Atlantic coast. The breed is named after the historic port town of Marans. Evolution of the Marans type bird is said to have begun as early as the 13th century, with crosses between the local marsh hens and various gamecocks brought in to the port on ships. Gradual development of the breed then continued through the centuries, including the introduction of Brahma and Langshan blood during the late 1800s. Marans in their modern form first began appearing in French poultry shows in 1914. The Marans Club of France was organized in 1929, and that club established the first standard for Marans in 1931.

Marans have been imported to the USA in small numbers for many years now, probably beginning around the time that soldiers returned to the States after World War II. Over the years, birds and eggs have been brought in not only from France but also from countries such as England, Canada, Australia, and possibly Belgium and Switzerland. Importations of “English type” clean-legged Marans have led to the establishment of many clean-legged flocks in this country, especially in the cuckoo variety; nonetheless, the American standard adheres to the French standard calling for lightly feathered shanks and toes.

Marans are best known for their large, russet brown eggs. This is a defining characteristic of the Marans breed, so selection for egg color and size should never be neglected.

Physically the Marans is a medium-sized bird with the character of a rustic farm hen, giving an impression of solidity and strength without being coarse. The legs are lightly feathered, but leg feathering should never be excessively heavy. Eye color is bright and clear in all varieties, never darkening into brown nor paling into yellow or pearl.

The Marans is a general purpose fowl for production of both meat and eggs. The breed is most famous for its large, dark chocolate-russet eggs, but it is also known for the fine flavor of its meat. Color of skin white; color of eggshells very dark reddish brown.

 

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