French Wheaten Marans Chicken

(16 customer reviews)

As low as: $5.55

Hatching on July 22, 2024

Order now for estimated delivery by July 25, 2024.

  • French Wheaten Marans – Sold as Baby Chicks Only
       Minimums – Not Sexed = 3 
                          Female = 3
                          Male = 1    
                                Total of 3 birds to ship       
Seasonal/Shipped Early 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: Dual, Egg Laying and meat; Production
  • Egg Shell Color: Dark Brown #5 to #8 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.
  • TLC: Not Listed
  • Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm has been developing our bloodline/strain of French Wheaten Marans since 2015.


“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 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.

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


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16 reviews for French Wheaten Marans Chicken

  1. Radny

    FWM healthy and happy

    Good layer, has been broody recently, but who doesn’t get broody once in a while? Still always gentle and friendly with me and my girls. Couple leg feathers but clean feet. As always, Cackle Hatchery delivered with great healthy birds.

  2. Joelle

    don’t fit breed standard

    My Wheaten Marans have not begun laying yet, so I cannot comment on egg color. They are mostly thriving, and are decent foragers but not excellent. Their leg feathering has been hit or miss. Many of my females have black mottling, which is not the desired plumage. Fortunately I am not breeding for sale or showing these birds so the incorrect plumage is not a problem for me but it does make me wonder if they are actually purebred.

  3. TaylorRanch

    Great addition!

    We added these FWM to our flock this year & are very pleased. They have a great disposition & have started laying as expected.

  4. Jael

    Wheaten Marans

    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.

  5. renee


    These birds are great and so is your service!

  6. Twiceborn

    Great Wheatens

    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 !!

  7. Maxine

    Excellent birds!

    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




  9. Kps

    Beautiful hens and dark brown eggs chicks are the best. I ordered 15 and received them on time and in perfect condition. You should get your birds from them too.

  10. Long Dog Ranch

    Nice chickens

    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.

  11. Christy

    Love my Wheaties!

    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!

  12. Collene

    The Marans – Not So Great

    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!

  13. Marty

    Love our Wheatons!

    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.

  14. JaneS

    Perfect Flock Addition

    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.

  15. Blue Sky Poultry

    very happy

    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…

  16. Julia Missouri July 2012

    Smith Family

    Liked you chicken YouTube videos

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