These rare birds originated in Marans, France. They are known for their extremely dark chocolate-brown egg color. These eggs are highly sought after from world renown chefs and the rich and famous such as Bond, James Bond, that is. It is one of the rarest breeds in this country. Our Black Coppers are Wade/Jeane C1 line. We feel very fortunate to have this heavily sought after breed line. All of our birds have feathered shanks. As no other line has been introduced to our flock, therefore maintaining true french standards. We are proud to be a member of
Below is a brief overview of some of the French Black Copper Maran standards:
The Black Copper rooster is black with copper-colored hackles, shoulders, and saddle. The ideal rooster has strong body that is “fairly long and wide, especially near the shoulders.” The shoulders are high. His neck is “long, fairly strong, tending to curve in on top towards the skull.” The hackles (the “cape” around his neck) are “made of many long and abundant feathers covering the shoulders well.” The back is “long, flat,” and “slightly concave towards the rear.” The ideal rooster’s saddle is “large, slightly raised but not rounded.” His breast is “strong and large,” his abdomen is “well developed,” his wings are “short” and “kept close to the body,” and his tail is “strong at its base, quite short,” and “fairly up without going over 45º.” His head is “average size, slightly flat and long.” He wears a single comb “of an average size, with fairly rough texture and sharp edges.” His ear lobes are “average size, red, and long.” His eyes are “bright with a red-orange iris.” His beak is “quite strong, slightly hooked and horn-colored.”
The hens are mostly black with glints of copper in the hackles. The Marans hen is smaller than the rooster “with a large, strong, and more rounded body, a straighter back line, a well-developed abdomen, and a fine, straight” comb or no comb at all.
The eggs are large and very dark. On a scale of 1 - 9, 1 being a white egg and 9 being very, very dark, a true Marans’ egg must be at least a 4 on the scale. A hen that produces eggs on a continuous basis that are at least that dark during her laying cycle is a true Marans.
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