Hooters Hall

Meet the Cuckoo Marans

Up until now our chicken flock has been made up of the two Blackrocks that we’ve had for over 4 years now and the 10 Cotswold Legbar chickens that we bought a year ago when we moved to Hooters Hall. The Blackrocks lay a medium brown egg and the Cotwold Legbars a variety of pastel shades including pink, blue and green. This combination of colours has proved very popular on our farm gate egg stall so when Rachel, one of the Blackrocks, died of old age a few weeks I was keen to find a replacement that would add to our coloured egg collection.

After a bit of research I decided that Marans would be best choice. The Marans chicken is originally a French breed imported into the UK in the 1930s. There are 9 recognised colours of Marans chicken in the french standard;  Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Black, Birchen, Black Copper, Wheaton, Black-tailed Buff, White and Columbian and it’s a dual purpose bird being suitable for meat as well as egg laying. We’ll be using ours for egg laying rather than meat and the reason why I thought they’d make a good addition to my flock of coloured egg layers is the exceptionally dark eggs that they lay. Here’s a picture of some Marans eggs.

I think they’ll complement the pastel shades of our  Cotswold Legbar eggs very well and maybe lead to even more egg sales.

Our pair of Cuckoo Marans aren’t quite old enough to be laying yet but they’ve settled in very well and as soon as they start laying I’ll post some pics of the eggs.

In the meantime here are some pictures of the new Marans and if you’re interested in how the Marans manage to lay such a dark egg have a look at this article from the Marans club website http://www.themaransclub.co.uk/#/eggs-and-egg-colour-chart/4541995077

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