This breed was developed in France in the mid 1800's in
the town for which it bears its name, Marans. They had made their way to England in the early 1900's and quickly became very
popular for their very dark (chocolate) brown eggs - a trait they are still known for today. These beautiful birds were first
exhibited in 1929 in Paris by the Poultry Breeders Society of France and since then have gradually made themselves popular
in various countries around the world. We carry the CUCKOO variety of Maran which resembles the Barred Rock in color by displaying
feathers which are all crossed throughout with irregular dark and light slate colored bars. Maran's lay the darkest eggs of
any breed we carry and are a nice dual purpose bird for both eggs and meat.