The Maran was developed in France in the town of Marans in the mid 1800s for both its meat and its dark brown eggs. They can be lazy birds. Marans are easy to look after but can get fat easily unless they are given the space to be active. They are a disease resistant breed and are quite placid in nature.
Our birds are cuckoo coloured, ranging from a very dark grey colour down to silver. They have bright orange eyes and white legs.
Best of all they produce an almost chocolate brown egg and very succulent meat.