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Pros: Friendly to humans though not necessarily good with other hens
Cons: Not good feed conversion rate, pushy eaters, will aggressively bully and challenge for leadership, sneak mean pecks at passing hens, tend to bully gentle hens or bantams, eggs not dark but mostly average brown with wide range of light, dark or no speckling, only 2-3 eggs weekly
Recommended? NoOur Cuckoo was a disappointment. She came to us laying fertile eggs that a friend incubated and 3 Cuckoo chicks hatched with pretty feathered legs although the Cuckoo herself had no leg feathering. She was tame around humans but not as sweet as our White Leghorn or Silkies. The 7-lb Cuckoo challenged the 4.5-lb Leghorn for leadership but the usually gentle Leghorn quickly and humanely asserted herself. However, when a Silkie pullet went into her first day of lay, the Cuckoo attacked the bantam viciously and we promptly rehomed the Cuckoo. The Cuckoo layed only 2-3 Med-Lg eggs a week of brown color with speckling varying from egg to egg. From first egg to end of season she never got to #4 on the egg color chart. She was a lazy forager, did not have good feed-to-egg conversion, was a pushy eater, and often nipped at the Silkies for no reason except meanness. Our Leghorn never mistreated any hen in the flock so after Cuckoo attacked the POL Silkie, Cuckoo was gone! Her new owner likes her eggs but says she continues to be an unpleasant hen. Because most of her new flockmates are large, she cannot bully them for leadership but will sneak nips at the sweeter quieter breeds. From sharing info with friends we concluded that large Marans should be kept only with alike Marans to discourage bullying toward gentler or smaller breeds.
Pros: Beautiful Eggs, flock protector.
Cons: Range in size and 6 types of Marans, can establish high on the pecking order.
Recommended? YesI have researched this breed for two years before purchasing. 4 Stars because there is more to this breed than chocolate eggs and a public perception of a great personality. The Chocolate Egger, what more can I say, if you have a Copper Maran? This breed is all about the egg color. But beware all Marans do no lay the desired chocolate colored egg, there are different types of Marans.
Breeds/Apperance: Some of the trait described as being "bred out" still exist in high quality Marans. Mine still have the famed feathered legs. There are more leg color variations than described, primarily black, and white, or in between. There are many different types of Marans, Copper Marans (most desired), White Marans, Golden Cuckoo Marans and Blue Splash Marans. The primary description above describes the most desirable of the Marans. The Copper Maran, origination Maran, France, chocolate eggs; apperance: black feathers that develope a greenish copper hue. Blue Splash Marans, lightest egg color of the Marans lay medium brown eggs, with darker speckles. Silver Cockoo Marans lay medium - chocolate eggs; apperance is speckled modeled feathers (pictured above), much different appearance than the Copper Maran. Golden Maran, often the smaller of the Marans and lay the smallest sized eggs of all the Marans, also the eggs are shades of brown, some have dared to call the eggs bantam sized.
Size: the above description says "medium", smaller than a red, I don't agree with that. Mine have been "large" to extra large birds. Mine are larger than my Rhode Reds. I have pure breeds from a reputable on-line breeder.
Personality: Often described as kind and gentle, but beware I have seen behavior that has required correction. They can be aggressive if they establish themselves as the leader of the flock, but very kind to humans. Mine are excellent watch dogs of the flock.
Age: Age can be a factor in this breed, they tend to gain weight the older they get. Also, age and seasons can affect egg color. A chocolate egger can loose some of the "chocolate" color as the season goes on.