Marans Chicken History;
It grew up in and around the city of Marans in the early 19th and early 20th centuries in Western France.Evolution of the Marans type bird is said to have begun as early as the 13th Century, with crosses between the local marsh hens and various gamecocks brought into the port on ships. Gradual development of the breed continued through the centuries, including the introduction of Brahma and Langshan blood during the late 1800s. Marans in their modern form first began appearing in French Poultry shows in 1914.
Strong, sturdy, but still nimble chicken, plump, broad, but not clumsy, slightly feathered legs.
The Marans originated in Marans, France, and were imported into the United Kingdom in the 1930s, and were later imported to the U.S. in the 2000s.
- Cock: 3.6 Kg.
- Hen: 3.2Kg.
There is also a small form Bantam Marans
Marans hens lay around 150–200 dark brown eggs each year depending on the variety. Marans are “chocolate eggers” meaning their eggs are a deep chocolate brown color.
Also known by the names : Maransky, Marans, Maran