- Cuckoo Marans Chicken
The Marans is now officially a recognized breed of the Continental Class by the American Poultry Association. The Cuckoo Marans were developed in France in the town of Marans during the mid 1800's. It is a dual purpose bird and is known for its deep chocolate brown eggs though some eggs may have some speckled dark pigments in the egg shell. The brown egg color can vary in darkness as the hens go through their laying cycles. Vitamin K and calcium can have some limited help with keeping the dark brown egg shell color. They are a fast growing bird and a very rare breed here in the United States. The Cuckoo Marans have a black and white feather color pattern similar to the Barred Plymouth Rock. Cackle Hatchery®’s Cuckoo Marans have limited/to no feathers on their legs and are a production type blood line.
Many people who like this breed of chicken also like the original French version of the breed French Cuckoo Marans.
We also have Cuckoo Marans Started Pullets available to order.
We also offer at limited times of the year Cuckoo Marans Fertile Hatching Eggs
PLEASE NOTE: Availability chart is updated weekly and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
In the checkout process, please indicate in the comment section your desired hatch/ship date with desired month or ASAP.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: Continental Class
- Weights: Hen-----7 lbs Rooster------9 lbs Pullet---6 lbs Cockerel----7 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Primary production, Egg Laying & Pet/Secondary meat source
- Egg Shell Color: Dark Brown #3 to #6 shades
- Egg Production: 180+ per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Active
- Gender Accuracy: 80-85%
- Fertility Percentage: 60-75%
- Broody: Variable
- Mating Ratio: 9 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: France
- APA: No
- ALBC: Watch Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed.
- BREEDER FARM SOURCE: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline or strain of pure Cuckoo Maran’s since 1999.
love the cuckoo marans Review by Gibby
so happy with this breed....thankU.... (Posted on 10/27/2017)
CUCKOO MARANS Review by Aza Farms
I ordered 4 Cuckoo Maran pullets to be shipped with the French Maran Surplus box. All 4 of my ladies arrived to me in Florida healthy and chirping away. They are a week old and growing like weeds. (Posted on 7/6/2016)
Marans to Michigan Review by Cat J Regan
I received my Cuckoo Marans from Cackle after wanting some for so long! They all arrived safely and are very alert and healthy as of now. They are feathering out well and growing quickly! I look forward to adding their eggs to my color variety here! Thank you. (Posted on 3/24/2016)
Wonderful Egg Quality for Hatchery Birds Review by Johannah
I was very skeptical at first, when I read other breeders comments on how the egg color was not that great on hatchery marans but after owning these birds for almost 2 years and seeing the consistency of their egg color, Cackle, I believe in your quality. I am ordering Black Marans this year which are more expensive, but putting my faith in the breeding experts at Cackle that these new Marans will be everything I hoped for. (Posted on 3/19/2016)
great chicken Review by Glory
I ordered these last May, none have feathers on feet which is nice, this is my 1st year owning these their eggs do range from deep chocolate brown to chocolate brown, the hens are friendly and allow you to check under them for eggs without pecking your hands, even the rooster is very nice not disappointed. Cackle hatchery is great (Posted on 2/24/2016)
Love the chicks! Review by levis harvest
At 6 am i got a call from my post office and they had my day old chicks and they are so healthy, happy and strong. Thank you!!!!! I am in Love whit the cuckoo marans and cackle hatchery
(Posted on 2/12/2016)
Order Review by Rachel Missouri January 2010
You carried all of the chicks that I wanted and you minimum is 15 and the shipping charges are not as bad. Plus I live in Missouri also and it is good to support our area. Thanks for making me a happy customer (Posted on 12/8/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Bryant, North Carolina June 2011
The chicks arrived safe and sound this morning. The Post Master called me at 6:55 AM this morning and told me the chicks had arrived. Thank you very much, I was afraid they would be in bad shape or possibly some had not made it due to the hot weather, however thank the Good Lord, they were all alive and seemed to be healthy. They went straight to their water and started eating before I came to work. All is fine. Again I appreciate your prompt and kind service. They are all well and fine this morning and I thank you and your personnel for the help. (Posted on 12/8/2015)
Our order Review by Nannette, Wyoming March 2012
Your baby chicks arrived on time and in great shape. They are settling in nicely. Thank you for doing a great job at the hatching and sending part. And we really appreciated the very helpful descriptions regarding bird/breed characteristics. GOOD JOB!...WELL DONE! (Posted on 12/4/2015)
Cackle Customer Feedback Review by Doug, Oklahoma March 2012
I would like to tell you thank you very much for the healthy chicks. I ordered 50 Barred Rock and got 54, 25 Welsummer and got 27, 25 Cuckoo Marans and got 27, all got her alive and very active! THANK YOU!!! I will be a returning customer. (Posted on 12/2/2015)
Chick Order Review by Barbara, Missouri March 2013
Just got our order of chicks and they look wonderful! Thank you for the extra two chicks. I can hardly wait to see what I have They are drinking and eating and chirping happily in the brooder. Thank you for the great care you give in supplying these nice chicks. (Posted on 11/30/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Connie, Missouri June 2013
Well! I must say! I've picked up chicks here and there from many sources over the years and never have I had such vital, energetic and healthy chicks. I want to thank you very much for sending my order so quickly and efficiently. They were in transit 24 hours only. Post office called yesterday morning and we picked up and delivered to our brooding room around 2 pm. I will be a repeat customer and will happily promote your hatchery. None are better!! Thank very much, (Posted on 11/25/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Anne, Kansas July 2010
I wanted to thank you for your help with our poultry order this year. It was was disheartening to lose so many chicks and I really appreciated you calling me personally to do some troubleshooting. I also want to thank you for the beautiful replacement chicks you sent. They are doing fine and it was so nice to get to try some of the breeds that were sold out before. As a side note I was to say how impressed I am with your Spitzhaubens. They are perky, energetic and extremely friendly. Plus they are a treat to look at! Thank you for your top notch service, personal attention and prize-winning birds. (Posted on 11/20/2015)
Arizona Order Review by Vince Arizona May 2014
The chicks are very active. After I dipped their beaks in the warm water, they ran across the enclosure as if to show glee. They ate and drank like old pros after just a short time. These are my first chickens (I'm 71). I am amazed at how fast they learn. I'm very impressed with how your operation works. People are very courteous and the job gets done as it should. Thanks again. Hope this works nicely so I can order a couple straight runs next time. (Posted on 11/18/2015)
My order Review by Elaine California April 2010
My order arrived today of 25 Cuckoo Marans. They arrived in perfect condition, strong and hungry. Thank you so much. I will certainly order from you again (Posted on 11/18/2015)
Cackle Customer Compliment Review by Alexis Texas March 2015
I want to praise Renae for placing my crazy order today! She is an absolute Rock star!!!I really appreciate the excellent customer service i have received with this order and my previous one! I will be a forever customer, thank you for being the best hatchery. Thanks (Posted on 11/12/2015)
Thank You Review by Diane Tennessee May 2014
We received our chicks and want to report all but one made it and are doing great. Thanks for providing excellent stock in a timely manner. (Posted on 11/11/2015)
Thank You! Review by Gloria, Massachusetts May 2015
I just wanted to say thank you, to whoever picked out my chicks did a fantastic job. Each Turken had different coloring and markings and all the others I received are beautiful colors too. They are so healthy looking too fluffy/chubby little chicks. This is my first time with these breeds look forward to watching them grow. (Posted on 11/9/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Janie, Missouri May 2014
I received my chicks today and found all but 1 made it alive not bad odds for ordering 70 chicks. Thank you for the chicks and I am looking forward to ordering more. (Posted on 11/9/2015)
Chicks Review by Alonzo California Sept2014
Thank you so much! Cackle hatchery is the best! I will definitely be recommending to my friends. (Posted on 11/5/2015)
Thanks! Review by Joy Maine June 2011
This is our fourth year of ordering chicks and yours are the most beautiful we have had. I also appreciate how well they were packed and the instructions for the first day and afterward...my grandson is REALLY an excuse for ME to get the birds...I have 28 adults at present but have never had a Marans...look forward to eggs in Nov/Dec...they'll have their own side of the coop with an electric heather, so they should be good. Many many thanks... (Posted on 11/4/2015)
Order Review by Bryant North Carolina May 2011
Thank You Mrs Smith. The chicks arrived safe and sound this morning. The Post Master called me at 6:45 am this morning and told me the chicks had arrived. Thank you very much. i was afraid they would be in bad shape or possibly some had not made it due to hot weather, however, thank the Good Lord, they were all alive and seemed to be healthy. They went straight to their water and started eating before I came to work. All is fine. Sorry I bothered you all, I just was concerned about their shipping in hot weather and trusting they had not been misdirected to some other Post Office. Again, I appreciate your prompt and kind service. They are all well and fine this morning and I thank you and your personnel for the help. You have a very efficient group of personnel working for your Hatchery and I always appreciated their kind assistance. Also I trust you all have a pleasant week. (Posted on 11/4/2015)
Greetings Review by Damon, Texas (received August 15, 2015)
I just wanted to tell you we have received the chicks a week ago. There were 21 in all and they are doing wonderful. Have never ordered online before, so I was somewhat nervous. I am very pleased that they are healthy and it was a wonderful experience with your company. (Posted on 8/25/2015)