by The Happy Chicken Coop
Below we have 44 free DIY chicken coop plans with simple step by step instructions. We will also give you some general guidelines about coops to help smooth the path for you. Let’s Get Started!
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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.
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From the Farm
Meet Lucy, my 2 year old Australorpe hen. This breed is an asset to any flock, they are docile, friendly, and good egg layers. In the bright sun her shinny black feathers have a blue tint that is stunning.
Jasmine has been talked about here often, she is a wild bunny that joined our flock of chickens years ago. She is always in or around the barn, and most of the day, hangs out under a shade tree with our free roam hens. She very often has babies stashed in the holes and tunnels she digs in the barn. She gathers chicken feathers for her nest and quite diligently tends to her young. And then… when they are old enough to meet the outside world, she moves them somewhere during the night. Once in a great while I see her youngsters, but as a rule, she hides them.
Again, this morning Jasmine is looking for the proper place to make a new hole for her soon expecting babies. She never uses the same hole, which for obvious reasons I’m NOT a fan of. Nevertheless, it is what it is, and I just go along with bunny nature.
Yes Jasmine! Under the brooder coop, that’s a great place for you to dig a hole, tunnel, and completely destroy. At least there I won’t likely step in it and further tweak my already tweaked back. Well, Jasmine didn’t think so, and went on to find a better spot. And this is where she picked…
Here? Really Jasmine? She decided the chicken coop is a great place to dig a hole for her baby nursery. Right smack in the middle of a 10×10 chicken coop. Ah yes, now there’s a perfect spot, perfect for me to step in and fall to China everyday.
There’s no discouraging Jasmine from a chosen spot, she’ll tunnel from Timbuktu to get where she wants to be. Like I said, bunny nature, just go with it. After all, a bunny mom knows best.