|Yes, we have Wheaten Marans eggs! (Is your jaw hanging open? You may close your mouth, now.) 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.
We adore wheaten plumage. The hens and roosters have very different looks, both beautiful. The hens will be creamy shading to golden brown in the hackles and saddles, Their tails and wing tips will be black--wheaten hens are sort of like the Siamese cat of the poultry world. The roosters are different with fiery hackles and saddles; they are ebony, where the hen is creamy. Simply striking!
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.) The original French birds had
legs as will the chicks that hatch from these eggs. Marans
became popular for their dark mahogany-brown eggs--a trait they are
still known for
today. Because of the beautiful eggs, Marans of any plumage are often
called "chocolate eggers."
Like all Marans, our Wheatens are calm, quiet and gentle. They are also
fast growers and fantastic foragers. We do select for the darkest eggs
with our Wheatens, but egg color with this variety is not as dark
as with Black Coppers and is a work in progress. Eggs are
medium dark as in our (coming soon!) photo. Eggs will lighten in color as the laying season progresses, then darken again after a break in laying, such as a molt.
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!