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The way that Marans came to exist was not quite so cut-and-dried. The birds that made up the original Marans were wild “swamp hens” and roosters who were released from English ships when they docked in port French port towns, in the 12th and 13th centuries. The roosters were generally game birds, who had been victorious in the fights that were so common during that time.
Farmers and breeders began crossing those local birds with others, selecting for egg size and color, in the 19th century. Eventually, interest in the breed spread across France, a club was formed and standards were established.
For a short time the breed flourished, but with WWII, there was a steep decline. Luckily, individual breeders continued working with Marans. It wasn’t until the 1990s that breeders came together, standards were set, and real, world-wide interest in the breed was aroused.
In 2010, the Black Copper Marans was accepted into the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection, much to the delight of those raising the breed in this country. Today, Black Copper Marans are one of the most sought-after breeds, in great part because of their beautiful and unusual eggs.
Black Copper Marans eggs are the darkest of all the Marans varieties. As with all dark brown egg layers, the eggs are the darkest at the beginning of the laying cycle. You can expect 150-200 dark, chocolate-brown eggs per year from one Black Copper Marans hen.
Most of the time this breed gets along well with other chickens and is docile with people. Black Copper Marans do well on free range, causing less damage through heavy scratching, but also handle confinement well. These feathered legged birds are fast growers and are a good dual purpose breed for the homestead or backyard flock.
Straight Run, Unsexed Chicks