The Marans breed originated in France in marshy areas close to the Atlantic coast. The breed is named after the historic port town of Marans. Evolution of the Marans type bird is said to have begun as early as the 13th century, with crosses between the local marsh hens and various gamecocks brought in to the port on ships. Gradual development of the breed then continued through the centuries, including the introduction of Brahma and Langshan blood during the late 1800s. Marans in their modern form first began appearing in French poultry shows in 1914. The Marans Club of France was organized in 1929, and that club established the first standard for Marans in 1931. The Black Copper Marans do well on free range, causing less damage through heavy scratching. These feathered legged birds are fast growers and are a good dual purpose breed for the homestead or backyard flock.
Irish acres is privileged to Have birds from Bev Davis stock and Mark Harris. The combination of these two breeders brings out a very dark egg while getting a very nice bird.
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