French Black Marans Chicken

(13 customer reviews)

As low as: $5.55

Hatching on June 3, 2024

Order now for estimated delivery by June 6, 2024.

  • French Black Marans – Sold as Baby Chicks Only
       Minimums – Not Sexed = 3 
                          Female = 3
                          Male = 1    
                                Total of 3 birds to ship   
Seasonal/Shipped Feb thru Mid August
Limit of 49 Not Sexed.
Limit of 24 Females and Males.


Breed Facts

  • 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 #5 to #8 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 2020
  • TLC: Not Listed
  • Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline/strain of pure Black Marans chicken since 2012.


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 5-8 on the French Marans Egg color chart found in the gallery.

Also may like Dark Brown Egg Female Surplus or French Marans Pullet Surplus.

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.

We also offer at limited times of the year French Black Marans Fertile Hatching Eggs


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13 reviews for French Black Marans Chicken

  1. Bradford Gaines

    Overall 2 out of 3 have made it to almost 8 months now. Had one die overnight from a heart attack. Haven’t really had any issues, but now has me worried the breed is just not great quality possibly. Had four welsummers out of the same bunch and they are doing just fine/healthy with no other ailments in the flock.

  2. RhondaJean

    Great Friendly Hens

    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.

  3. Almostafarm

    Not what I received

    I’d love to right a review on the French black marans I ordered, I raised all the chicks to adult ( minus one dead on arrival) but I do not have any chickens that look like that.

  4. Keith

    Truly Love the black copper marans !

    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 !

  5. Braefiddich

    Very Pleased

    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.

  6. Peg

    Love the dark eggs

    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!

  7. Vicki

    Great chickens

    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.

  8. M.Kemp

    Great Bird

    They are a great addition to any flock and mine have finally gotten old enough to start laying beautiful dark brown eggs.

  9. Nicole

    Nice Big Black Chickens

    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!!!!

  10. SE_Gardener

    Intend to Cross w/Bresse

    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.

  11. Victoria

    Big birds, nice eggs

    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)

  12. Lyn


    Baby’s made it in this morning lost one during shipping but rest are healthy and happy very pleased

  13. Loscho

    Like these.

    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.

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