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FAQ’s • Informative Reading • Resource Directory • Coops & Set-up Ideas

This blog is a resource site for backyard chicken keepers. We are a small hobby farm in the Sonoran Desert dedicated to raising happy healthy standard & bantam laying hens.
The primary reason for keeping chickens varies from household to household. But for most, keeping a few backyard hens for a daily supply of fresh eggs is preferred over raising meat birds.
Maybe you’re looking for pest & weed control, or want your very own fertilizer machine for your garden. Whatever your reason, we are here to help you raise a happy healthy flock from brooder to coop, and beyond.

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About the Marans

The Marans originated in Marans, France, and were imported into the United Kingdom in the 1930s.

The hens lay on average around 150–210 dark brown eggs per year.  Marans are considered a dual-purpose bird, meaning they’re appreciated for their eggs and table qualities.

Recognized Colors: White, Wheaten, Black Copper.
Not recognized: Birchen, Blue, Salmon, Blue Silver Salmon, Silver Cuckoo, and Golden Cuckoo.

Egg Laying Facts

Expect an average of 3-4 eggs per week.
Color: Dark brown/or chocolate
Size: Large

Origins
Class: Continental (French)
Size: Heavy, 7-8 pounds
Type: Large Fowl & Bantam

Features:
Comb Type: Single
Number of Toes: 4
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: In the United States, mostly no

Suitability
The Marans are cold hardy birds, but not especially heat tolerant.
Broody: Yes / Average
Personality: Varies, however, generally docile, very active.

Interesting Fact: Cuckoo Marans hens can be mated with an unbarred cock to produce sex-linked hybrid offspring.

 

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Poultry Genetics For Small and Backyard Flocks

If you breed poultry or are considering breeding poultry, a basic knowledge of poultry genetics is important. In particular, it is useful to understand the key elements of genetics and to know why certain traits exist in certain chickens.
A basic knowledge of poultry genetics begins with understanding the following key terms… Read Article

Topics in this Article Include
• Genetics of Comb Type
• Genetics of Feather Color
• Genetics of Shank/Foot Color
• Genetics of Dark Skin Color

Written by: Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky