Cuckoo Marans The Spotlight Breed Of The Week
This breed was developed in France in the mid-1800's in the town of Maran. In the early 1900’s They made their way to the UK and have gradually made themselves popular in various countries around the world. However, Cuckoo Marans
are still very rare in the United States. These are a fast-growing nice dual-purpose bird for both eggs and meat. They resemble a Barred Plymouth Rock
except the black and white barring is not as perfect on the Cuckoo Marans
which results in a subtle difference in their feathering patterns. The Marans are best known for their ability to lay deep chocolate brown eggs. The brown egg color can vary in darkness as the hens go through their laying cycles. Calcium and Vitamin K have been known to help aid some in maintaining the chocolate brown egg shell color. Marans adapt well to confinement and are also great foragers for free ranging. They are a calm docile bird that can adapt to almost any climate and have been known to be disease-resistant.
Adult Birds description: Cuckoo Marans
resembles the Barred Rock
in color by displaying feathers which are all crossed throughout with irregular dark and light slate colored bars. Hens have twice as much dark slate color per line making them much darker. They have Long, broad bodies with well-rounded moderately deep breasts. Their combs are single red medium size, with a rough texture and sharp edges. Beaks, feet, and legs are white.
Baby Chick description:
The chicks are black with a yellow spot on the top of their heads with yellow wing tips and abdomens. Males chicks tend to be a lighter shade of black almost silver with a larger yellow spot on their heads than the females. The beaks, feet, and legs are mostly white with some black coloring and have single or serrated combs.
Adaptable to confinement or free range, calm & docile.
Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production
Occasionally but make good mothers
Very hardy can tolerate almost any climate.
20-22 weeks Mating ratio:
8 females to 1 male
Dark Brown Egg size:
Rate Of Lay:
Good Eggs per year: 180-220
Hen 6 ½ lbs Rooster: 9 lbs
Pullet 5 ½ lbs Cockerel 7 lbs
Confined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird
Of the Cuckoo Marans depends on how well they are cared for, and the quality of life that they enjoy. Cuckoo Marans will generally live for approximately 6-8 years but have been known to reach 10-12 years. However, egg production will decrease every year.
Black Tailed Buff, Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Columbian, Black Copper, Wheaten, Birchen, Black, White.
Not only are the Marans' eggs very dark, they also tend to be more spherical in shape than other breeds.
We Hatch Cuckoo Marans
twice a week February thru May.