Hatching Eggs - Black Copper Marans


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Martha Stewart "oohed" and "aahed" at the beautiful eggs from this breed on her show, and liked them so much, we sent her home with some Black Copper Marans babies and eggs! Note our great availability dates at the bottom of the page!

This variety is exceedingly rare, and most hatcheries don't even offer them, whether as eggs or day-old chicks. The Marans chicks you find offered at hatcheries are all of the Silver Cuckoo variety--other varieties are nearly impossible to find. The Black Coppers are so rare, we don't have enough eggs to hatch them ourselves. These eggs will sell out fast! Colored eggs are always a more brilliant color early every laying season, and slowly fade as the season progresses.

The Marans breed was developed originally developed in France in the mid 1800's in the town for which it bears its name, Marans. (This is why the name of the breed always has the "S" at the end, whether singular or plural.) Marans became popular for their dark mahogany-brown eggs--a trait they are still known for today. Black Coppers have the capability of laying the darkest eggs of all the "chocolate egger" Marans varieties we carry. The beautiful Black Copper Marans are calm, quiet and gentle. The original French birds had feathered legs as will the chicks that hatch from these eggs (The occurrence of a non feathered shank is uncommon, but may happen on a rare occasion.)

 Another note about egg color: the first eggs a pullet ever lays will be her darkest. The "dye" is brand new and abundant! As the eggs get more frequent and larger, they will slightly lighten in color, as more of the coloring is used every day and is spread out over a larger egg surface area. In addition, the eggs will slightly darken again after your hen has gone through a period of reduced laying or rest, for example after a molt.

Please note that because of the variable nature of egg color throughout a season, the eggs you receive may be lighter than those in our (coming soon!) photo, but as we selectively breed for the darkest eggs, every hen you hatch will be capable of producing eggs of the color shown in the photo. Please be patient! We anticipate a long waiting list for these beauties.

Read more about Marans.

Shipping:  Eggs are shipped via USPS Priority Mail.  No need to choose a faster shipping method besides 'Ground'.  If you'd like eggs shipped via USPS Express Mail, please give us a call!


We guarantee that the fertile hatching eggs you order from us will arrive intact and ready for incubation. If any eggs for which you have paid arrive cracked or broken, contact us within two business days of receiving them with photos of the damage.

IMPORTANT: Receiving unbroken eggs is NOT a guarantee that they will all hatch. Why? Read more, here.

Unfortunately, we are unable ship hatching eggs to Hawaii.

DID YOU KNOW: We've just published a new, free e-book, "The My Pet Chicken Guide to Incubation & Hatching," helpful information for the novice and experienced hatcher alike.