Black Copper Marans Baby Chicks
Hatching February to June
Black Copper Marans lay the darkest-colored eggs of any chicken breed. They are dual-purpose, friendly and beautiful, too.
Production: You can expect 150-200 dark, chocolate-brown eggs per year from one Black Copper Marans hen. They grow to a good table weight, as well.
Temperament: Although roosters can be slightly aggressive, most of the time this breed gets along well with other chickens and is docile with people. They are active, and good foragers, but also handle confinement well.
History: Some breeds were developed by specific individuals, who selected their breeding birds for certain qualities. They may want a particular carriage, size, laying ability, or other quality in their flock. Usually, when a breed comes to exist under those kinds of circumstances, there is plenty of documentation, and the standards are clear.
The way that Marans came to exist was not quite so cut-and-dried. The birds that made up the original Marans were wild “swamp hens” and roosters who were released from English ships when they docked in port French port towns, in the 12th and 13th centuries. The roosters were generally game birds, who had been victorious in the fights that were so common during that time.
Farmers and breeders began crossing those local birds with others, selecting for egg size and color, in the 19th century. Eventually, interest in the breed spread across France, a club was formed and standards were established.
For a short time the breed flourished, but with WWII, there was a steep decline. Luckily, individual breeders continued working with Marans. Black Copper Marans were especially popular with individuals, but the lack of a clear standard made things more difficult. It wasn’t until the 1990s that breeders came together, standards were set, and real, world-wide interest in the breed was aroused.
In 2010, the Black Copper Marans was accepted into the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection, much to the delight of those raising the breed in this country. Today, Black Copper Marans are one of the most sought-after breeds, in great part because of their beautiful and unusual eggs.
Colors: The male Black Copper Marans is black with copper on his head and saddle, while the female is almost completely black, with just a bit of copper coloring on the head and neck.
Body Type: Wide spaced legs, heavy body, proud and upright stance.
Standard Weights: Rooster 8 lbs, Hen 6.5 lbs, Cockerel 7 lbs, Pullet 5.5 lbs
APA Class: Continental