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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.
Which coop is right for your needs? That’s a question only you can answer. The only perfect coop is the one that’s suitable for your specific needs. You’ll need to take into consideration the climate where you live, how much space you have for a coop, and how large it needs to be to comfortably house your birds.
I’ve said it many times, but I’ll say it again, the more coop space the better. Always build bigger than what you think is adequate, especially if your chickens will be confined. Remember, happy chickens fill the egg basket!
Keep in mind that a coop should be convenient for you to clean. One you can stand up in is a huge plus. At the very least, a coop should be easy to access drinkers, feeders, and of course, fresh eggs. Bedding material should be just as easy to remove as it is to refresh. That means the door of your coop should be large enough for a standard size rake to fit through.
Follow the links below to view a collection of over 800 different types of chicken coops. I’ve also a collection of over 500 drinkers, feeders, roost types, brooders, and nest box ideas. You can also view over a 100 building plan options. Let’s Get Started!
Chicken Coop Types
Different Styles & Types
Coop Building Plans
Set- Up Ideas
The Essentials in Chicken Keeping
Nest Box Ideas
Drinker Types & Automatic Systems
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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
Class: Continental (French)
Size: Heavy, 7-8 pounds
Type: Large Fowl & Bantam
Comb Type: Single
Number of Toes: 4
Feathered Legs: In the United States, mostly no
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.