Maran is a breed of chicken that came from France. It is renowned in poultry shows for its extremely dark eggs and very fine meat. Smaller than a common Rhode Island Red, a Maran chicken has red or orange eyes, white feet, and is of medium weight. The original breed of Marans had feathered legs but it was bred out by many UK breeders.
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The breed was exported to England because of its very patchy appearance. The only color that is available at this present time is the white and brassy black. It became a standard breed in the country due to a vigorous breeding standard of the early British breeders which started in the early 20th century.
Today, there are still a lot of works to be done in order to have different color strains on this breed, since from time to time, yellow coloration appears on the legs and beak rather than the preferred white color.