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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.
Classification Type: Continental
Temperament: Adaptable to confinement or free range, calm & docile.
Purpose: Dual purpose eggs laying and meat production
Broodiness: Occasionally but make good mothers
Hardiness: Very hardy can tolerate almost any climate.
Maturing: 20-22 weeks Mating ratio: 8 females to 1 male
Egg color: Dark Brown Egg size: Large
Rate Of Lay: Good Eggs per year: 180-220
Weight: Hen 6 ½ lbs Rooster: 9 lbs
Pullet 5 ½ lbs Cockerel 7 lbs
Spacing: Confined at all times 10 square feet per bird. Confined at night only at least 4 square feet of space per bird
Roost height: 2Ft -4FT
Life Span: 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.
Varieties: Black Tailed Buff, Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Columbian, Black Copper, Wheaten, Birchen, Black, White.
Other facts: 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.