A Black Copper Marans hen and rooster stand in front of a gray background.

Marans are "chocolate eggers" meaning their eggs are a deep chocolate brown color. Eggs of the Black Copper variety--and to a lesser extent, the Silver Cuckoo--are usually the darkest of all, and are highly sought after! If you value a colorful egg basket, Marans are a "must" for your flock! Silver Cuckoo is the most available Marans plumage in North America, although interestingly, that plumage color is not recognized by the APA. They can be purchased at most of the major hatcheries, including ours. Cuckoo Marans in this country are often clean-legged, while others have the standard feathered legs. My Pet Chicken is privileged to be able to offer some extremely rare Marans varieties, including Black Coppers, in addition to the Silver Cuckoos.


Class: Continental (French)
Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
Size: Heavy (7-8 lbs)
Rarity: Rare
Purpose: Egg-laying
Recognized Varieties: APA recognized: White, Wheaten, Black Copper. Not recognized: Birchen, Blue, Salmon, Blue Silver Salmon, Silver Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Others

Egg Facts:

Egg Laying: Good (3/wk)
Egg Color: Chocolate
Egg Size: Large

Fancy Features:

Comb Type: Single Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 4

Suitability to Backyard Life:

Cold Hardiness: Hardy in winter
Heat Tolerance: Not especially heat hardy
Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: No
Setter/Broody: Yes
Personality: Varies