Marans are excellent dual purpose birds, but are best known for their dark chocolate egg color. This breed is native to the port city of Marans, France and their origins involve land-race birds from France breeding with cock birds brought from Asia. Over time, they were specifically bred to retain both meat and egg production qualities. These birds were most likely first imported into the United States through American soldiers returning from World War II.
We have decided to focus only on the Black Copper variety of Marans at this time. Our original birds were sourced from 3 different lines, and our primary focus is to breed birds that meet the SOP as closely as possible while also selecting for dark egg color. As you can probably imagine, this goal is incredibly difficult, and makes Marans one of the hardest breeds to work on!