- French Wheaten Marans Chicken
"The Marans are now officially a recognized breed of the Continental Class by the American Poultry Association. The Wheaten variety was recognized in October of 2011 at the Crossroads Show in Indianapolis, Indiana". The Wheaten line carries feathered shanks and amber eyes with light wheaten colored feathers. These birds are friendly, sociable and active. Roosters are very calm and can co-habitat nicely with each other. French Wheaten Marans are bred to lay dark chocolate eggs and are considered gourmet eggs. With the dark eggs during the laying cycle, as with all fowl eggs, the color will lighten as the laying season progresses. These are some beautiful birds to be on the farm and a great addition to your flock. Mahogany brown eggs but color with this variety is not as dark as with the Black Copper Marans. While the back color is fairly standard there are a variety of shades for the breast and rear ranging from almost white to deep red clay. Marans lay a large egg 2.3 oz for a pullet to 2.8 oz for a hen. They should have a consistently deep dark red-brown shell (minimum of 3 on the color chart). However with this being said our current flocks in 2015 produced about 5% clean legs. 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.
We also offer at limited times of the year French Wheaten Marans Fertile Hatching Eggs
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: Dual, Egg Laying and meat; Production
- Egg Shell Color: Dark Brown #3 to #6 Range
- Egg Production: Good 200+ ( (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 American Standard of Perfection in 2011.
- ALBC: Not Listed
- Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline/strain of French Wheaten Marans since 2015.
Great addition! Review by TaylorRanch
We added these FWM to our flock this year & are very pleased. They have a great disposition & have started laying as expected. (Posted on 12/9/2019)
Wheaten Marans Review by Jael
Our girls are very friendly. Lay tons of dark brown eggs of varying shades. Have been very hardy, happy hens. The roosters we bought are gorgeous but got very nasty, quickly. (Posted on 11/2/2019)
Thanks Review by renee
These birds are great and so is your service! (Posted on 11/1/2019)
Great Wheatens Review by Twiceborn
Bought these chicks in the spring . All were healthy and thrived . All are beautiful and meet breed standard. They should be laying soon . Will buy more !! (Posted on 10/30/2019)
Excellent birds! Review by Maxine
I have purchased Wheaten Marans this year and last. Very happy with the quality of birds, healthy and the pullet from last year got Best of variety, best of breed and reserve champion Continental! Will be buying again (Posted on 10/30/2019)
SWEET VERY CHATTY Review by JENNIFER
GOT THESE GIRLS ALONG WITH 2 OTHER BREEDS. THEY ARE LAYING NOW AND SEEM TO ENJOY HEARING THEMSELVES! WE ALWAYS KNOW WHEN THEY HAVE LAID AND EGG!! (Posted on 10/30/2019)
Beautiful hens and dark brown eggs Review by Kps
Cacklehatchery.com chicks are the best. I ordered 15 and received them on time and in perfect condition. You should get your birds from them too. (Posted on 10/30/2019)
Nice chickens Review by Long Dog Ranch
We bought 10 Wheaten Marans at the end of May. We also bought several other breeds, ending up with 52 chicks. Out of all of those chicks, we only lost 3. Unfortunately, those lost were Wheatens. I wouldn’t blame the breed though. Bad management on our end. The chicks overall have been healthy and by far, the most gentle. Not laying yet, but should any day now. (Posted on 10/30/2019)
Love my Wheaties! Review by Christy
We have three of these birds, and they are lovely, healthy, and lay a beautiful dark brown egg. They are quite outgoing and vocal girls, and they make me laugh! We love having them as part of our flock! (Posted on 10/29/2019)
The Marans - Not So Great Review by Collene
We placed a small order last February for 3 French Wheatens and 3 Wyandottes. The order came just when it should have and now the Wyandottes lay almost everyday. Out of the 3 Marans, only one lays and she eats her egg as soon as she lays it. But we love the Wyandottes! (Posted on 2/24/2019)
Love our Wheatons! Review by Marty
We love our Wheaton Marans! Sweet girls....beautiful dark eggs! Most all meet breed standard, and out of 15 we have 3 or 4 real beauties! Great homestead chickens,and super foragers. Very healthy...didn't loose a single one. (Posted on 12/6/2018)
Perfect Flock Addition Review by JaneS
I ordered 3 unsexed wheatens with my last batch of chicks and just love these. I did get the roo I was hoping for and he is the sweetest of all so far.
(Posted on 3/22/2018)
very happy Review by Blue Sky Poultry
Very happy with my wheaten marans pullets! They fit well in my mixed flock and I have started getting eggs...nice rich color...can't wait to order more! Wish I could post an egg pic... (Posted on 11/12/2016)
Smith Family Review by Julia Missouri July 2012
Liked you chicken YouTube videos (Posted on 1/14/2016)