Cuckoo Maran Chicken
Cuckoo Maran Chickens take their name from the town of Marans in France. They were imported into this country around 1929. Their original make up included Cuckoo des Malines, Faverolles, Rennes, Braekel, Galtinaise, Barred Plymouth Rock and Croad langshan. Marans are best know for the fact that they lay very dark brown eggs. The Cuckoo is the most common color. No commercial breed can come anywhere close to the egg color.
There are 9 recognized colors in the French Standard: Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Black, Birchen, Black Copper, Wheaton, Black-tailed Buff, White and Columbian; other colors not officially recognized (such as Blue Copper) also exist. Black Copper and Cuckoo are the most common of these.
Characteristics: The barring means that if the female is mated with males of unbarred breeds the chicks have a spot on their heads to indicate sex linkage.Cuckoo Maran Chicken can be lazy birds. Cuckoo MaranChickens will get fat very easily if allowed to therefore it is best to keep them as free range as possible to prevent this. Marans are easy to look after and if given the space will be active. They are a disease resistant breed. Marans will produce deep brown eggs and are quite placid in nature.The trait most favored in this breed is their tameness. Many of the chicks are friendly from the day they’re hatched and will eat out of the owner’s hand even with no previous handling. These birds have a generally brave disposition and, as chicks, may not fear predators unless caution is learned from their parents or other experienced birds.
- Standard Weights: Cock-8 pounds; hen-7 pounds; cockerel-6 pounds; pullet-4-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: Dark Brown
- Use: A general purpose meat and egg producing variety.
- Origin: France
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Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.