French Copper Marans
There are several varieties of French Copper Marans and the breeding birds we have here on our farm are the Blue's.
We like these because you get a surprising result when you breed a blue hen with a blue cockerel. The chicks will be either blues, blacks or splash, all of which look very different.
The picture on the left is of a blue hen and those below are black and splash.
We like Marans, they are good-looking and fairly easy to keep. They have lightly feathered feet, so its best to keep them on grass or woodchips and out of mud.
Marans produce a beautiful dark terracotta egg, which looks great in a mixed egg basket. Their eggs have really hard shells, so the chicks have a harder time pecking their way out. You need to remember this if you plan to hatch from fertile eggs.