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.
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.
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 8/29/2018)
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 12/15/2017)
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 1/5/2016)