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 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.
Great ChickensI ordered a few of these back in May. They haven't started laying yet but they are vey calm sweet birds. I would definitely purchase again.
DisappointmentThese birds have been a real disappointment. The main reason I ordered them was because of the egg color. Their eggs are nowhere near chocolate color. In fact, my Red Star and RIR chickens has darker eggs than my marans. I think McMurray shouldn't advertise them as chocolate eggers, it's misinformation. Had I known what their eggs would look like, I would not have ordered them, they are not the best layers. They do have nice personalities and they are sweet chickens, I love all my chickens. My 3 stars would be 5 stars to the birds, because they are sweet and nice, and it's not their fault, and 1 star to McMurray for false information on the breed.