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Reputed to lay the best-tasting eggs in the world, our Marans were directly imported from national champion French bloodlines. We breed imported black copper, blue birchen, and white varieties.
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A Line (French national egg champion) Black Copper Marans Unsexed59.00Sold Out
B Line (French national exhibition champion) Black Copper Marans Unsexed59.00
C Line (APA certified) Black Copper Marans Unsexed59.00
Blue Birchen Marans Unsexed59.00
White Marans Unsexed59.00Sold Out
Marans (the name is always spelled with the ‘s’ whether talking about a single bird or many birds) are fine dual-purpose chickens from France. Marans is a port town in France, and the breed originated from a now untraceable mix of chickens that were left in the town by seafarers in the 1800s. The birds were originally bred as fighting cocks, but some random combination of matings produced a bird that became popular for the barnyard. By the early 1920s the breed had been clearly established. From France the breed migrated to England and then in the past few decades to America. In 2011, black copper Marans were accepted into the breed standard by the American Poultry Association.

Although Marans are an excellent meat bird, their outstanding and unique attribute is the shell color of the plentiful eggs that they lay. Marans lay an egg that has a shell the color of dark chocolate; so dark that at times it borders on being black. And when cracked open, the yolk of free-range birds is bright orange, bursting with vitamins, protein and fats from its healthy lifestyle. While a typical store-bought egg has a yolk that is runny and flaccid, the free-range Marans produce yolks that have ‘muscle tone;’ little orange domes that jut skyward from the egg white. Marans have the reputation for laying the best-tasting chicken egg in the world. (Perhaps, for these reasons, the author Ian Fleming identified Marans eggs as those most preferred by James Bond.)

Greenfire Farms has imported from Europe three varieties of Marans: black copper, blue birchen, and white. Each variety is uniquely beautiful and all produce exquisite eggs.

In French poultry shows Marans compete in two distinct categories: eggs and exhibition. In the egg category, the eggs of black copper Marans are judged for the depth of their brown color, luster in the shell color, size, shape, and other factors aimed at producing the perfect Marans egg. In the exhibition category birds are judged on their body shape, coloration, and many other factors contained in a written standard that describe the ideal appearance for a Marans. Both of these categories are exhibited and judged at a national Marans show in France that we have attended several times and marveled at the quality of the eggs and the birds. To give you a better sense of this, pictured in the gallery below are egg pictures we took while at the French national show.

It’s easy to surmise that no better Marans exist anywhere than those that win the French national show. France is, after all, the birthplace of the breed and is the most authentic source for Marans. The French national Marans show fosters the greatest competition among that nation’s top Marans breeders. In 2018, we imported black coppers from Marans bloodlines that recently won the top honors at the French national show in both the eggs and exhibition categories. Because of the demand for Marans in the United States (they are an APA recognized breed) and the variability in quality of the Marans we see in this country, importing these national champion bloodlines was possibly the most important project we have undertaken at Greenfire Farms.

We are now pleased to offer the offspring of black copper Marans from a French national champion egg winning line. These are called our A bloodline. We are also pleased to offer birds from the French national champion exhibition line. These are called our B bloodline. And, we will continue to offer black copper Marans from our existing APA certified line; a line we call our C line and a producer of very attractive and productive offspring.

How do these newly imported bloodlines perform? Really well, actually. The eggs from both the A (egg) and B (exhibition) lines can be very dark brown with the A line probably producing more consistently dark eggs. Some of the eggs are the darkest Marans eggs we have ever seen, and when they first began laying we were blown away by the depth of the brown egg color and the consistency with which very dark eggs were produced. It was a magical moment on the farm and will probably be one in your chicken coop as well. The B line often produces very nice birds that adhere to the written standard. We have seen white feathers in some of the offspring from both lines, but we are culling against this trait in our breeding program, and you will probably need to do the same.

As for other color varieties, our blue birchen Marans are known to reliably produce some of the darkest chocolate-colored eggs in this country. We imported blue birchen Marans from two different European flocks. Blue birchen Marans are extremely rare in the United States. Greenfire Farms maintains the largest breeding flock of blue birchens in this country, and our birds lay beautiful dark brown eggs typical of the breed. Of all the breeds we raise, the blue birchen Marans are among our favorites. They have great personalities, lay beautiful eggs, and are simply one of the most stunning chicken varieties in existence. Keep in mind, if you are ordering our blue birchen Marans, you may receive blue, black, and/or splash chicks as a result of the blue poultry genetics. Chicks will be selected at random based on hatch availability and we cannot guarantee requests for specific colors.

We also recently imported white Marans from Europe. This variety offers a color alternative for those hobbyists who prefer the look of white birds. But, no matter the color choice, you can be assured that Marans will be among your favorite breeds when you begin eating their exquisite eggs.