- French Black Copper Marans Chicken
The French Black Copper Marans are a rare breed not often seen in the United States. An import ban reduced the genetic diversity of the French Black Copper Marans and flocks of this chicken are therefore hard to find. Cackle Hatchery® carefully breeds this chicken to improve genetic diversity and advance the health of the chicken. This breed lays rich, chocolate brown eggs that are a favorite among chefs and farmers alike. Due to the rarity of this breed, limited quantities are available so order yours as soon as possible and contact us to find out when new chicks are available. Our cackle flock lays egg shell colors of 6-8 on the French Marans Egg color chart found in the gallery.
Sexing Note: Most of our breeds we can average 90% accuracy on gender sexing. However, with the French Marans breed, it is more difficult for the vent sexor to make this determination, so for this breed, our guarantee is 75% accuracy.
French Black Copper Marans Projected Availability
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically 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.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
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-----6 1/2 lbs Rooster------8 lbs
Pullet---5 1/2 lbs Cockerel-----7 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Primary production, Egg Laying & Pet/Secondary meat source
- Egg Shell Color: Dark Brown #3 to #6 Range
- Egg Production: 200+ eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Docile
- Gender Accuracy: 75-80%
- Fertility Percentage: 55-70%
- Broody: Setter
- Mating Ratio: 8 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: France
- APA: Yes, recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in 2011.
- ALBC: Not Listed
- Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline/strain of pure Black Copper Marans chicken since 2012.
Thanks Review by Glenda
I ordered 15 Black French Copper Maran girls to be born on Feb. 5, I received them plus 3 more on Feb. 7, all alive and well. This is MY first time to raise baby chicks. I am just overwhelmed at how strong and healthy these babies are. I have them in a brooder set that I bought from Tractor Supply’s clearance rack and the walls are about 16 maybe 18” high. One of the girls jumped up and was sitting on the edge at 10 days old. OMG! They are so alert and athletic it just cracks me up!
I grew up on a farm and I remember my mom having to nurse baby chicks back to health and some of the different problems they could have. That was 50 years ago. The babies you sent me were so strong it was amazing. Good job. I could get addicted to raising chicks. But since hubs won’t build me a bigger chicken house I guess I better stop at these. But I can tell every chicken loving friend I have that I am elated at the excellent service and health of your babies.
May you have a blessed year!
(Posted on 2/19/2020)
Arrived & Grew Healthy Review by Maat van Uitert
I purchased 5 Black Copper Marans chicks. They arrived healthy, and all of them have grown into healthy adults. They're friendly, and get along with our other chickens. I haven't gotten any eggs yet, so I can't say whether the eggs are truly dark, but they've been great pets! I'll be buying more next year. Highly recommend! (Posted on 11/8/2019)
amazing Review by Love my marans
the best breed I have ever raised. The eggs are super durable. And are great. With worth the money (Posted on 12/26/2018)
Gorgeous birds! Review by TKD
I ordered 5, received 4 hens and 1 rooster. All the birds are big and beautiful. The rooster is show quality. All of them are very friendly, even the rooster. Their eggs are good size and are solid chocolate brown or chocolate brown with speckles. Love these birds. (Posted on 2/1/2018)
so happy... Review by Gibby
I love this breed....roosters are so well behaved....thankU... (Posted on 10/27/2017)
Love my Marans Review by Nikki Chick
Picked up our Black Maran chicks (pullets) directly from the hatchery in March 2017. It's been almost 5 months and my girls are beautiful with shiny full black feathers with a blue-green sheen. They just started laying this week and the eggs are chocolate with dark speckles. These girls have the best temperment -very friendly, outgoing, and just plain fun! (Posted on 8/15/2017)
FBCM Review by Mary Beaver
Ordered some of these guys in a verity order. With intent to breed so I did get a cockerel as well as a few hens. They are all about a year old now and laying like crazy. However, I did not get any dark brown egg layers? Most are a lighter shade and some speckled. Hardy chickens either way, still love to mix and also bread the Rooster to some Easter Eggers and got a first generation of Olive eggers. Never been disappointed when ordering from cackle hatchery, my chicks are always good and healthy and love their selections. Thank you guys :) (Posted on 3/14/2017)
Highly Recommend Review by Andi
This was the first time I had ordered my chicks online. The service was excellent. The weather was so cold when they were due to arrive, I was so worried about them but they were nice and healthy upon arrival and there were a few extra chicks too. Instructions on raising new chicks and getting them through the first few days was sent with them. I had ordered some straight run chicks but so far looks like only one rooster, not too bad! The only thing was the post office tracking had me worried since it showed they were stuck in MO for quite a while but the folks at Cackle assured me they were enroute and would arrive on time. My new birds are doing well and very healthy. Would order through them again. (Posted on 5/20/2016)
thanks for the cackle fruit.. Review by rob dickens maryland
We ordered black coopers and french in 6 / 2015, couldn't be happier. Out of 12 hens had 4 go broody at 9 months old, now have 19 gorgeous peps. Great Moms. Good layers with dark eggs. Since day 1 non gmo feed and spring water. very healthy & happy. (Posted on 5/20/2016)
Show quality Marans with lighter eggs Review by Mandolin
Beautiful birds, second generation has inconsistent features but still healthy. 2/6 of my hens lay dark egg. 4/6 lay eggs consistent with RIRs. My roo is show quality! 4/6 hens are also show quality with 1 stand out.
I'm waiting for confirmation as to what color eggs this roo will throw. I hope that Cackle choose only dark egg Roos. We only hatch dark egg Roos and save 7-10 of our healthiest then pick the best for confirmation, color, and featuring. (Posted on 5/8/2016)
Female is a peewee and the males attacked me Review by Marsh King's Daughter
Ordered 6 Black Copper Marans chicks 1/2 off special in September age 2 wks old. Fast forward - the only female is small and lays banty-size eggs. The rest were male (one was taken by a hawk at 4 months). One male was a late bloomer. One of the males at 5 months attacked me. Took him out. A few weeks later, at 6 months old, another male attacked me - this one much more dangerous. Took him out. Am worried about the other two males. Don't look them in the eye and give them LOTS of space - maybe that will prolong the time till the next two attack! The strange thing is also how the female acts - like she's GONNA attack. Runs for me, but doesn't want to be touched. (Posted on 3/28/2016)
good birds Review by Theresa
I highly recommend Cackle's Marans for their fair price and good quality. I've gotten Cackle's Black Copper Marans two years in a row--beautiful birds that lay eggs that are noticeably darker than Cuckoo Marans eggs (though my Cuckoo Marans from Cackle lay noticeably darker eggs than other brown layers). One of the smartest breeds of heavy chicken I've had in my flock. (Posted on 3/21/2016)
Thanks! Review by Kate B.
I picked up my girls this morning from the post office. I was prepared for a cheep-less box but they were just fine! They are happy and healthy and we packaged really well. Thank you for the safe delivery. (Posted on 3/16/2016)
BLK Copper Marans Review by misty
This Breed is hardy and a nice heavy hen, most of them lay dark eggs into the winter...with light and closed housing they produce med to extra large dark brown to chocolate colored eggs. They are very calm and easy going love to roam around the hen house...they do best on a 20 % protein feed...we had no picking on this flock feed...ordered some more of these beauties again this year !!!!!! (Posted on 2/8/2016)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Charles December 2015
Merry Christmas and thank you for the Black Cooper Marans, Barnevelders and trio of Toulouse geese that you sent me the end of March 2015. After my service dog let himself out and helped himself to a chicken buffet. Lol. Jeff had some reservations on the BCM in the Las Vegas desert heat... but I compensated by installing radiant barrier on the coop, gable vents, ridge vents and expanded flattened metal floor. That coupled with a missing system and multiple auto fill dog bowls around the property...they are doing quite well. One a side note. Are roosters supposed to crow 24/7? My Barnevelders seem to crow around the clock, with or without a nightlight in the coop, which has upset my one neighbor. (Posted on 12/22/2015)
Cackle Hatchery Review by Suzy Louisiana June 2015
We received our order of "chickies babies". All arrived safely. I have watered and fed them mushed up free range boiled chicken eggs from our ranch. The chickie babies are very happy. Again it is a pleasure to do business with CACKLE HATCHERY. This is our third order over the last 8 years. Thanks again, (Posted on 11/10/2015)
Thank You! Review by Jon & Jennina New York April 2015
I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that we are very pleased with our order. This is the best batch of chicks we have gotten so far. We did lose one in shipment, which was sad, but the rest recovered very nicely from their journey to us and are doing great. (Posted on 11/6/2015)
Compliment Review by Robin, Washington (received June 2015)
I wanted to thank you for my order of chicks. They arrived in robust health and are doing fantastic!! I had never ordered from Cackle Hatchery before and I was a little worried about my order. But they arrived better than any other company I have ever ordered from before. Over 20 years of ordering chicks, your company is the best!! Thank you again. (Posted on 8/25/2015)