5 Different Types of Chicken Coop Heaters

Content Contributor: The Happy Chicken Coop

Heating the coop has always been a source of endless discussion among chicken folk. Old timers will tell you that you don’t have to heat the coop. However, there are occasions when heat is appropriate. Read Article 5 Different Types of Chicken Coop Heaters & Our Favorite

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The Essential List of Chicken Names

by Backyard Chicken Project

Finding the perfect chicken names for your flock can be quite a daunting task. There are so many names to choose from, how do you pick one that perfectly reflects that little ball of fluff? Continue Reading

View Over 1,400 Different Types of Chicken Coops, and More

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!

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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.