Top 10 Tips for Keeping Chickens in Winter

Learn how to keep your chickens warm during the winter. These handy tips will help your chicken coop thrive all winter long on your small farm.

By Lauren Arcuri / The Spruce
For new chicken owners, winter can be a scary time. You may be wondering if your chickens will be warm enough or if they will still keep laying eggs. Don’t worry—these tips will keep your hens happy and healthy in even the coldest months…. Continue Reading

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7 Coop Bedding Materials and How to Choose the Right One

Customize your coop’s bedding material. Here are options that will keep your chickens healthy and prevent their eggs from cracking.

by Kristina Mercedes Urquhart / Hobby Farms

The litter you provide to your flock in their coop, run, nest boxes or other enclosures isn’t just a luxury. Sufficient litter provides a secure foundation for chickens’ legs and feet, a soft landing for eggs… Continue Reading

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How To Choose The Perfect Egg Incubator (And Use It Properly)

In this guide we will share with you how to choose the perfect incubator. We will also walk you through the incubation process and hatching eggs… Continue Reading

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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.