French Wheaten Marans are heritage, dual purpose chickens. The Marans breed originates from a town called Marans, France. Its a very winter hardy breed with a docile temperament. They are growing increasingly popular as many claim they lay the darkest eggs of all other breeds. French Wheaten Marans are one of the most stunning color varieties. The soft colors of light beige and cream in the female’s plumage are compared to the colors of grains of wheat – hence it’s name. Their combs, waddles, and ear lobes are always red, and their eyes are orange. When looking at adult Marans from the side, you’ll notice that their bodies make a distinct V shape. Legs are pinkish white and moderately feathered in creamy feathers. Beak color is creamy horn. French Marans are a very hearty breed making them desirable in all climates. Marans eggs are often described as the color of dark chocolate, and they can sometimes look dark red. In general, the fewer eggs a chicken lays, the darker they’ll appear. Also, the eggs at the beginning of the laying season are usually the darkest, and they get lighter as the season goes on. Some eggs also have speckles on them, but it’s less common. Marans eggs are considered fairly large. French Marans tend to be very healthy are resistant to most diseases. French Wheaten Marans Chickens are friendly and make great yard birds that love to free range. Adding these to your flock will also add beautiful dark brown eggs to your egg basket.
Sexing is only about 75%-80% accurate. We suggest buying Straight Run chicks.
200+ Dark Brown Eggs/Year | Mature Wt: Male 8#, Female 6.5#
- Poultry Show Class: Continental Class
- Weights: Hen: 6 1/2 lbs Rooster: 8 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Production, Eggs & Meat
- Egg Shell Color: Dark Brown #3 to #6 Range on egg chart
- Egg Production: Good, 200+ eggs per year
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Docile
- Gender Accuracy: 75-80%
- Broody: Setter
- Country of Origin: France
- APA: Yes, Recognized by American Standard of Perfection in 2011