- French Black Marans Chicken
The rich, black feathers that give the French Black Marans its name also give it a distinct difference from its sister Marans chickens. Like the other Marans chickens, this breed produces dark brown eggs other chickens cannot duplicate. Also, like the other Marans breeds, it originates from the Marans region of France, and a poultry import ban limited the number of Marans chickens in the U.S., making it a rare breed. Cackle Hatchery® produces a limited number of these fine black chickens each year. Order yours in advance to add this rare chicken to your flock. Our cackle flock lays egg shell colors of 5-7 on the French Marans Egg color chart found in the gallery.
Newbie Note: There are some white feathers in their 1st and 2nd stage feathering which is normal but by the 6th month they are solid black feathers.
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 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: No
- ALBC: Not Listed
- Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline/strain of pure Black Marans chicken since 2012.
Great Friendly Hens Review by RhondaJean
I just started getting the wonderful dark brown eggs they lay. The darkest in my rainbow eggs I get. These hens are pleasant and really fit, and are almost invisible, with my other 100 hens and roosters. (Posted on 11/26/2019)
Truly Love the black copper marans ! Review by Keith
First, I cannot say enough good about Cackle Hatchery ! I have purchased alot of chicks from them over the years and everytime the quality and service was awesome ! My last purchase was over 80+ chicks of various types and after 2 weeks I still had 100% - strong, healthy stock... With my last purchase i got some Black Copper Marans; they are now mature and BEAUTIFUL ! In fact a couple of my friends demanded that I share ! Haha ! So come February, I am getting more ! (Posted on 10/31/2019)
Very Pleased Review by Braefiddich
I am more than happy with the chicks I received from Cackle. They have grown well and have been very healthy. I intend to buy more to add to the flock this next spring. (Posted on 10/30/2019)
Love the dark eggs Review by Peg
I received my Marian’s in February this year and was happy when they started laying in early summer. The eggs are a rich chocolate color and they are faithful layers. My girls are mostly confined, but live to free range when they get the chance! (Posted on 10/30/2019)
Great chickens Review by Vicki
I purchased 4 babies back in March. All are doing great. One turned out to be a roo and I kept him. He is very beautiful and all are very large birds. The hens are laying very dark brown eggs. They are all very friendly, even the roo. (Posted on 10/30/2019)
Great Bird Review by M.Kemp
They are a great addition to any flock and mine have finally gotten old enough to start laying beautiful dark brown eggs. (Posted on 10/30/2019)
Nice Big Black Chickens Review by Nicole
Purchased three of these as chicks this summer and they are so far the best grown. They are super friendly also. Only giving 4 stars because they have not fully matured yet. So once they mature and I see how dark and beautiful the eggs are they will deserve 5 stars then!!!! (Posted on 10/30/2019)
Intend to Cross w/Bresse Review by SE_Gardener
I maintain two closed flocks - GFF Black Copper Marans and American Bresse - for both egg production and table. Early spring 2018 I ordered three Blk Marans females with intent to cross on Am Bresse Rooster. The Blk Marans are more flighty than my Blk Copper Marans and Am Bresse. They are however coming along. I'm impressed with their size - at 5 months they are very large and will likely grow to be the largest birds of either flock. Breeding to the Bresse, I'm looking for hybrid vigor to produce a larger bird for table. Their genetics are VERY different from the Blk Copper Marans so I'm diligent to not breed them. I don't find the Black Marans to be mean or bad temperamented...the two hens stick together - maybe they're a little frightened of the stark white Bresse LOL. They are quiet birds similar to my Blk Copper Marans. (Posted on 8/30/2018)
Big birds, nice eggs Review by Victoria
I purchased 3 French Black Marans pullets this year in April, all came in healthy and true to sex. These are now the largest birds in my current flock and they are very pretty to look at with their shiny black feathers and green metallic sheen. They do lay a nice dark egg, I would rate it around a 6, maybe a 7 some days. On the other hand, they also have the worst temperament towards all my other chickens. These are the biggest bullies in my entire flock and my other hens have to run away from them in fear of being flogged for looking at them sideways. They may be a better addition to a flock of other large fowl with emphasis on the "large" (not Andalusians, Isbars, Easter Eggers, etc) (Posted on 12/16/2017)
Pleased Review by Lyn
Baby's made it in this morning lost one during shipping but rest are healthy and happy very pleased (Posted on 3/18/2016)
Like these. Review by Loscho
I raised two black copper marans this year. They are nice quiet birds and lay medium to large dark brown eggs quite reliably, even in cold weather. (Posted on 1/6/2016)