The Maran is a breed that originated in the French port town of Marans.
It is renowned as a dual-purpose fowl for its gourmet-quality meat and
its large sized, very dark brown eggs. Their ability to withstand damp
conditions and their docile temperament have made the Maran popular for
A medium sized bird of "utility" type, meaning it is a general table ,
egg layer, fancy bird. Marans are in the barred or cuckoo colour
patterns, meaning they have a light and dark band of colour in an even
and separate pattern. There are three known types of colour patterns
available in the UK. all following the cuckoo type pattering silver,
gold, dark. The silver has a white neck and light bars. The gold has
blue/gray bars with a shade of gold the neck is blue/gray with gold and
black markings. The dark, which is the most common has white and gray
colouring with bands of black/blue.
The maran hen originates from France, from the village of "Marans." It
is world famous for the excellent dark brown eggs it lays
Marans are a soft feathered bird which lay fairly tight to the body.
They have a great ability to live in rough conditions (long grass weeds
etc.) and seem quite happy to do so. Marans are a nicely rounded bird
with a long back and a full breast, making them a suitable table bird if
you have excess young cocks.
In France marans are allowed to have feathered legs but in the UK this
is a fault. A few are shown itís not a matter of life or death as the
main importance is on the egg colour.
ORIGIN France COMB
SIZE EGG 67 gr BEARD
EGG COLOURS Dark Brown FEATHERED LEGS
SIZE MALE 4000 gr TOES
SIZE FEMALE 3000 gr FLYING
TEMPERAMENT Very calm
COLOURS Cuckoo, Silver Cuckoo, Gold Cuckoo, White,
Red + Black