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

About

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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About the Plymouth Rock Chicken | TBN Ranch

The Plymouth Rock, also called the Barred Rock, is an American breed of domestic chicken. It is a dual-purpose hardy breed, raised both for meat and eggs. This friendly sweet breed has a single comb with five points; the comb, wattles and ear-lobes are bright red. The legs are yellow and unfeathered.

Though the Plymouth Rock tolerates confinement, they’re most happy when allowed to free range. All varieties of Plymouth Rock aside from the Barred and White varieties are relatively rare. The Plymouth Rock is a good setter, meaning it has strong maternal instincts, and a good choice for brooding.

  • Weight: Heavy, 7-8 lbs
  • Bantam, 3.0 lbs. Male
  • Bantam, 2.5 lbs Female
  • Use: Dual Purpose
  • Egg Color: Brown
  • Rarity: Common
  • Varieties: White, Buff, Silver Penciled, Partridge, Columbian, Blue, Black
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Eggs of Many Colors, How and Why

How do Blue Eggs Become Blue (Instead of White or Brown)?

Whereas the brown color of an egg is laid on the outside of the shell, the blue color actually goes all the way through the shell, even to the inside of the shell. Originally, it was thought that color pigments were synthesized in the blood by the breakdown of hemoglobin…

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Eggs in their natural, colorful glory

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Leghorn

The Leghorn originated in Italy. The color varieties were developed in Great Britain, America, and Denmark. These birds are probably the best known breed of chicken, and without a doubt produce the majority of the world’s white eggs.  Females weigh only about 4.5 pounds, and you can expect her to lay up to 300 eggs per year, especially if she is a white.  Roosters weigh in at 5.5 to 6 pounds.

Leghorns are found in both single and rose comb forms and in a variety of colors including White, Buff, Silver, Red, Cuckoo, Mottled and Brown.  The Browns are separated by dark and light. Their primary contribution is eggs, these birds are a poor choice as a meat bird, however, cockerels can be used as fryers for the dinner table.

These birds are non setters, meaning they will lay their eggs and walk away. Most leghorns are hatched in an incubator. They are considered flighty and nervous and not particularly friendly, perhaps aloof is best described. The Leghorn bears confinement well and is cold hardy.
Point of lay is 20 weeks.

Note: Leghorns are prone to frostbite, but it can be avoided by applying petroleum jelly on their comb.

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