Thursday, December 4, 2008

Marans Chickens and Eggs

This breed, which originated in western France in the town of Marans, is best known for its dark chocolate-colored eggs. It is a fast grower and does well in damp areas, having been developed in a marshy portion of France. The original French birds have feathered legs, but this characteristic has been bred out of the British and many American lines. Mike and I raise the French feather-legged Marans.

When our local Farmers Market is open we sell eating eggs. (We also sell hatching eggs to folks but those eggs cost more). We like for a carton of our eggs to have color contrast with mostly the Marans, Cuckoo and Wheaten, eggs but also some Ameraucana and Faverolle eggs and we presently need a few hens that will lay white eggs. We always stick a Bourbon Red Turkey egg in each carton too. We get $3.50 per dozen and sell out in a matter of a few minutes. We don't make money at our hobby but selling eggs helps pay for some feed and we really enjoy being a part of the Farmers Market environement

For those you interested in Marans eggs, here's some info.
Click here and go to Bev Davis site, she the Marans guru.
According to Bev - To even qualify as a Marans specimen, a layer must be able to produce a #4 or darker egg reliably for a period of her laying season. If the flock cannot produce #4 eggs at some time, they simply are not Marans, regardless of the breeding. This is how the French begin by defining the breed.

Wheaten Marans

Wheaten Hen

My girls aren't producing many eggs now, I keep giving them pep talks but...

12 comments:

Amy - "Twelve Acres" said...

Beautiful eggs! I thought about trying a Welsummer next year to get a dark brown egg layer.

Claire said...

Thanks for visiting my blog today! I enjoyed visiting yours also! I can't wait to do garden blogs in the summer - the upside-down tomatoes would be fun! I just worry with the winds we get around here that they would snap.

Claire said...

Forgot to say I liked your maran post. I just hatched my first cuckoo marans this fall, so I will be anxiously awaiting their eggs in the spring!

Christy said...

I'd be so excited to get a turkey egg in my egg carton! And I love the maran eggs, they are so pretty.

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Deb said...

I knew absolutely nothing about the Maran breed until today.
Those dark chocolate colored eggs are such a beautiful color....I can see why you sell out so quickly.
We are seriously thinking of raising a few Bourbon Red turkeys next year. We have never raised turkeys before so this is a new project for us. We are doing our research and looking forward to giving it a try :)

J and J Acres said...

Wow... your girls have some good breeding in them to get them that dark! I think I saw that the birds with the genes for the darker eggs are more expensive. Yours are very impressive!

Our chickens are starting to lay a little bit now. There for a while we were only getting 1 egg a day (from 18 hens!).

ga.farmwoman said...

I really enjoyed learning about the Marans. I really really do want some now. They are on the top of my wish list.
Since we have the light on a timer in the chicken house and the chickens are getting 15 hours of light, all but the Silver and Golden Polish hens are laying.
Great post. Too bad you are not just a little closer. I'd be there for those hatching eggs.
We almost have the incubator ready.

Love that bonus egg too.

Have a great weekend.
Pam

ga.farmwoman said...

Joanna,
I lived in Loganville for many years and my Mother and sister/family still live there. Now I am about 2 hours south from there.

Twisted Fencepost said...

That rooster is beautiful!!
I've never seen or heard of eggs that color. Wow!!
Good luck with your pep talk!

Robbyn said...

These are simply gorgeous!!

Selena said...

Wow. Beautiful. How much do you sell your hatching eggs for?