Cuckoo Marans

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Cuckoo Marans are considered a very rare breed, but are extremely popular in the United States because of the beautiful dark brown eggs they lay.

Day Old Female$6.10
Day Old Male$5.57
Day Old Not Sexed$5.04
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The Cuckoo Maran chicken breed was first developed in Marans, France back in the mid-1800s. It’s now considered a very rare breed but has gained major popularity in the U.S. on both farms and in backyards due to its gentle temperament and ability to lay beautiful, dark brown eggs. Cuckoo Marans look a lot like Barred Plymouth Rock chickens, but they have subtle differences in their feather patterns that set them apart.

Although Cuckoo Marans will quickly get your attention with their beautiful looks, their true beauty lies in their personalities. As Cuckoo Maran chicks mature, they become very active and enjoy foraging when allowed to roam. For the most part, this breed gets along well with other chickens, though the roosters tend to be a little aggressive. They make a great addition to any farm looking to diversify its egg color choice by adding their dark brown eggs to your cartons!

As we’ve stated, the main draw to Cuckoo Marans chickens, despite their status as a rare breed, is the fact that they can produce beautiful and unique eggs. Cuckoo Maran hens are capable of laying over 180 dark brown eggs each year. Additionally, this breed is considered dual-purpose, serving as an equally good selection for meat production. While hens typically grow to be 7 pounds, roosters can reach up to 8 pounds, making a heavy addition to your table.

 Egg Color Dark Chocolate Brown  Hardiness Varies
 Egg Size Large  Broody Infrequently
 Egg Production Good  Hen Weight 7 lbs
 Personality Active  Rooster Weight 8 lbs

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We guarantee your ordered number of birds arrive healthy and true to breed. Please contact us immediately should any losses or variances to your order occur, this guarantee is only for the safe and live delivery of your poultry. Any loss must be reported to Chickens for Backyards within 3 days of receipt for any adjustment to be made.

Reshipments are subject to availability and minimum shipping requirements. If eligible, we will reship only once. Reimbursements are limited to the cost of the birds and will not include shipping charges.

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  1. Christy Starnes (verified owner)

    <3 Coo coo for my Cuckoos
    The most personable birds we’ve had. Very Friendly and easy going and LOVE the dark brown eggs! Thank you. Shelly

  2. mark frary (verified owner)

    Just wanted to let you know that our girls are doing great. With 7 chickens we are getting 5 or 6 eggs on alternating days. Sometimes 7 a day! Mademoiselle CuCoo Marans lays the biggest eggs I have ever seen and they are almost always double yolks.
    I am a very satisfied customer. If and when I need more birds I will be getting them from y’all.
    Mark in Texas
    And you were absolutely correct on the fire ants. They don’t stand a chance. In fact the girls have almost eradicated them completely from our yard. Something I have not been able to do in the last 10-15 years….

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