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You are Here: Home -> Baby Chicks -> Standard Breed Chicks -> Rare And Unusual Breeds -> Cuckoo Maran

Cuckoo Maran
2014 Delivery Dates
Catalog Number Description 1-5 6-15 16-24 25 or more How Many
CKMC Males $3.50 $3.25 $3.19 $3.10
CKMP Females $5.39 $5.14 $4.99 $4.88
CKMS Straight Run $4.39 $4.14 $4.07 $4.00
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Availability Display below is for the next several hatches. This breed is available for future dates. You can pick the date during the check out process. Green: available. Blue: limited availability. Red: not available.
Quick Stats
Type: standard
Class: Not A Standard Breed
Egg Color: dark brown
Egg Size: extra large
Egg Production: excellent
Meat Production: better
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Heat Tolerance: better
Cold Tolerance: excellent
Disposition: better
Weeks to Maturity: 20
Freerange: excellent
Skin Color: yellow
Feather Color: black
Comb Type: single
Likely to sit on eggs: not very likely
Bird Size: extra large
Exotic: yes
Leg Style: clean
Head Style: regular
Male Mature Weight: 7 lbs
Female Mature Weight: 6 lbs
(Chocolate Eggers)

This breed was developed in France in the mid 1800's in the town for which it bears its name, Marans. They had made their way to England in the early 1900's and quickly became very popular for their very dark (chocolate) brown eggs - a trait they are still known for today. These beautiful birds were first exhibited in 1929 in Paris by the Poultry Breeders Society of France and since then have gradually made themselves popular in various countries around the world. We carry the CUCKOO variety of Maran which resembles the Barred Rock in color by displaying feathers which are all crossed throughout with irregular dark and light slate colored bars. Maran's lay the darkest eggs of any breed we carry and are a nice dual purpose bird for both eggs and meat.
As a reminder, to help ensure a safe arrival to you, the minimum number of chicks for each order prior to April 1st is 25. On and after April 1st, the minimum number of chicks required is 15. You can mix and match any type of baby chick in your order to reach the applicable chick minimum order. If ordering any bantams, we require a minimum of 15 bantams per order.
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Customer Product Reviews
We have 4 Cuckoo Marans from McMurray...3 Pullets and 1 Roo. The pullets are gentle birds and good layers of brown eggs, but they have been very broody all spring and summer. The eggs are not the chocolate color we were expecting but still nice brown eggs. The rooster is beautiful and a good protector of our flock of 23, but he is VERY aggressive to humans. I raised him as a chick, and he turned on me at 6 months of age.
I received my chicks this morning! All of them were alive, healthy, and vibrant! The cuckoo marans are absolutely gorgeous and they are easier to catch than the rest of the flock. Also, I love how you guys call the day of the arrival and how you send out lots of confirmation emails. You guys are very organized; I'll definitely be referring all of my friends to you!
The Cukoo Marans from Mcmurray are the most docile birds in my flock. They hop up in my lap when I hand feed them. They never wander far from the coop when free ranging. And they are consistent layers. The only draw back is the eggs aren't as dark as pictured.
I just received our 10 Cuckoo Marans (as well as other chicks) this morning in the mail. I was very worried they would not survive the shipping in the cold snap we're having, yet they ALL made it just fine. Thank you for packaging them so well and raising hardy chicks!! We're excited to raise our Marans, as well as the others.
I was so impressed with the vigor and health of the chicks that arrived this morning. You have my business and I will refer you to my friends that are looking to start a flock. Very nice selection was available at McMurrays. We are having fun trying to find out what the little yellow with buff wings chickadee is on your website. Thanks for the freebie! Hope it's a she.
I love my Marans, good job Murry McMurry. I will order again!
Our Maran rooster Pierre is the kindest and most docile of any roosters I have ever met and is absolutely beautiful too. We tried hatching our own last season with a very low success rate.... makes me appreciate your hatchery even more!
This was our free rare exotic chick, the most expensive one in the catalog. His name is Spot (he was black with a white spot on his head), and he's the best rooster ever. He's very sweet and takes good care of his hens. I can flip him over, and he's fine with it. I can't wait to show him next year, I'm sure he'll do well. We are ordering some more Cuckoo Marans next year.
I received a male and a female Cuckoo Maran. The male is very beautiful and the female was our first hen to lay an egg out of all our 50 chickens.
I received my chicks yesterday. They came out of the shipping box happy and healthy. Thank you for such wonderful chicks -- I couldn't be happier!
Wish I had ordered more Cuckoo Marans...the hens are the friendliest of the 9 breeds I've raised, and were consistent layers of large brown eggs even in the cold weather.
Me and my mom love ordering from ya'll and I included a few Marans in the last order. I was expecting the eggs to be a chocolate color, which they were not. The eggs are large and sometimes speckled with brown, but not the dark chocolate that I was hoping for. The Marans are very gentle, large beautiful chickens, though and we are very pleased with them and the Buff Orpintons.
Cuckoo Marans are very gentle and interesting chickens. I highly recommend them!