Regular and Blue Wheaten
About our Flock and Marans in general:
Annual breeder flock tested NEGATIVE for Pullorum-Typhoid disease Feb 2013 by MPTL (MN Poultry Testing Lab)
French variety and the following lines
3/4 Teasdale 1/4 Davis crosses
Crop-out Wheatens from Jeane lines
The Teasdales lay a very nice colored egg while the Davis are regularly producing extra large and jumbo eggs. We have fertilized eggs for sale in limited quantities. Chicks are available in the Spring. Contact us for availability.
About the Photos
Photo 1 - 2013 Flock 1, best conformation, lays at least a 4 on the egg charts, may produce 5s as well. Rooster is hatched from April Miley lines and has excellent size, regular color wheaten over mostly wheaten and some blue wheaten hens.
Photo 2 - 2013 Flock 2, Blue Wheaten Rooster over Blue and regular Wheaten hens. There are some type flaws in this group, but all produce an excellent color egg.
Photo 3 - Chicks from Feb 2013.
Photo 4 - Just starting to collect eggs from chickens for test hatch. All are 4s or 5s from 1/31/2013 and 2/1/2013.
Current member of the The Marans Chicken Club USA
Standard from above website:
General Description (approved 7/26/10)
The Marans breed originated in France, in marshy areas close to the Atlantic coast. The breed is named after the historic port town of Marans. Evolution of the Marans type bird is said to have begun as early as the 13th century, with crosses between the local marsh hens and various gamecocks brought in to the port on ships. Gradual development of the breed then continued through the centuries, including the introduction of Brahma and Langshan blood during the late 1800s. Marans in their modern form first began appearing in French poultry shows in 1914. The Marans Club of France was organized in 1929, and that club established the first standard for Marans in 1931.
Marans have been imported to the USA in small numbers for many years now, probably beginning around the time that soldiers returned to the States after World War II. Over the years, birds and eggs have been brought in not only from France but also from countries such as England, Canada, Australia, and possibly Belgium and Switzerland. Importations of "English type" clean-legged Marans have led to the establishment of many clean-legged flocks in this country, especially in the cuckoo variety; nonetheless, the American standard adheres to the French standard calling for lightly feathered shanks and toes.
Marans are best known for their large, russet brown eggs. This is a defining characteristic of the Marans breed, so selection for egg color and size should never be neglected. Physically the Marans is a medium-sized bird with the character of a rustic farm hen, giving an impression of solidity and strength without being coarse. The legs are lightly feathered, but leg feathering should never be excessively heavy. Eye color is bright and clear in all varieties, never darkening into brown nor paling into yellow or pearl.
Economic Qualities (approved 7/26/10)
The Marans is a general purpose fowl for production of both meat and eggs. The breed is most famous for its large, dark chocolate-russet eggs, but it is also known for the fine flavor of its meat. Color of skin, white; color of egg shells, very dark reddish brown.
Disqualifications (approved 7/26/10)
Yellow on shanks or toes. White ear lobes. Pearl or black eyes. Absence of feathers on shanks. (See General Disqualifications and Cutting for Defects.)
Standard Weights (approved 6/11/10)
Cock….…..8 lbs Hen……6 1/2 lbs
Cockerel….7lbs Pullet…..5 1/2 lbs