French Black Copper Marans

We are finished hatching for the 2022 season. In November, we will start accepting orders for the 2023 hatching season.

Notify me when this is available again -

(4 customer reviews)


The Marans have a long history. The earliest Marans date back to the 12 th and 13 th centuries. During this time they were thought to be produced from wild “swamp hens” and victorious game birds brought to the French ports on English…

Day Old Female$14.47
Day Old Male$8.16
Day Old Not Sexed$8.96
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October

The Marans have a long history. The earliest Marans date back to the 12th and 13th centuries. During this time they were thought to be produced from wild “swamp hens” and victorious game birds brought to the French ports on English ships. After many years farmers started to take an interest in the Marans and formed standards in the 19th century. The interest of the Marans took a steep decline during WWII. Luckily individuals kept the breed going. Sometime around 1990, the standards were set for the Black Copper Marans and they now have a worldwide interest. This breed is the rarest dark brown egg layer in the United States. The Black Copper Marans were admitted into the American Standard of Perfection in 2010.

The Black Copper Maran is a lightly feather legged bird. They lay the darkest chocolate brown egg. You will get on average 150-200 large eggs per year. The hen will weigh around 6punds and the rooster will be around 8 pounds. This breed is also a good dual-purpose bird.

The Black Copper Maran is a friendly, beautiful bird that will make a good pet. This breed is active and foragers, but also does well in confinement.



Live Chick Guarantee

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.

Click here to learn more about shipping baby chicks and Marek’s vaccination

  1. Tina in MA

    Excellent Care
    On 7/8/15 I received my order of Black Copper Maran chicks. I am so pleased and impressed with the care that was taken into the shipping for the well being and comfort of the chicks that I had to email this company and say wonderful job done! I will spread the good word and defiantly order from this company in the future again. Tina in MA

  2. Donna Evans

    Friendly breed
    I ordered 3 Black Copper Marans and recieved them in March. Love them! They have all turned out to be beautiful, healthy birds. Customer service has been great. Will definitely order from again!

  3. Brandon Sanders

    Gabby the Chicken is the favorite
    Despite my wife and I agreeing that we wouldn’t name our chickens we received “Gabby” promptly on April 1st, 2015. We received Gabby with 8 other chickens from of various large “dual purpose” breeds. We had recently moved in to our new house outside of town and this was our first adventure of moving to the country. We also think it will become our new Easter family tradition now that we have a kid on the way (next year… Ducks?). Gabby has her own traditions which includes following me around and well “gabbing” my ear off. I was certain she was a rooster and that had gotten it wrong. Well turns out all 9 chickens we ordered were truly hens and Gabby just has the urge to talk to me and only me. It must be the tomatoes. She is a beautiful bird and is already a great layer for us. Thank you for great customer service all my individual breed selections, for fast turnaround and most importantly healthy friends… I mean chickens!

  4. Juliana Meyer

    My Favorite Chicken!
    From the first day our four chicks arrived in the mail, Pepper (our BCM) has been the bravest, sweetest, and most curious chicken. For the first several months of her life, I was almost certain that she was a roo because she was so much bigger than the other chickens, and she definitely took charge as the leader, chasing crows out of the yard and alerting the other pullets when she thought there was danger. It turns out, she is in fact a girl, and she now lays gorgeous dark chocolate eggs just as regularly as our Rhode Island Red, which is almost daily. She started laying around 6 months (about 2 months after the other 3). She has beautiful coloring – dark black feathers with a green sheen in the sun, and a tiny bit of copper on her neck near her head. As the leader, she does tend to be a little territorial of the nest boxes sometimes, and she does have a tendency to put the other chickens in their place, especially when they are confined to the run. Overall, she is a wonderful hen!

Add a review

We will email a ship date to you within 30 minutes of placing your order. Your poultry will arrive 1 to 3 days after that ship date.

Your tracking number will be emailed to you on your ship day.

When your poultry arrives at the post office you should receive a phone call. We recommend you pick them up immediately upon notification.


A minimum of two-week notice before your ship date must be given to cancel a live poultry order.


You may also like…

Chickens For Backyards

Chickens For Backyards