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.