Ways to Keep your Chickens Water from Freezing this Winter

Chickens need access to water year round, but keeping it from freezing can be a challenge in the winter. Read my best tips!

One of the most-often asked questions we get from readers is how to keep their chickens’ water from freezing in the winter. Chickens need access to unfrozen water every day in order to stay healthy, laying well and alive, so it’s very important to keep their water from freezing… Read Article

 

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Winterizing The Chicken House

Multi Purpose Insulation, keeping it simple and functional.

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

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.