Perhaps you were surprised to read the title of our article. But we did not lie, the Maran chickens are truly unique in that they carry unusual dark yellow eggs with a red tinge. If you can not wait to learn more about them, then do not waste a minute.
"Maran is chickens that carry golden Easter eggs," is what the French say about these layers. They also bred these unusual and such unique birds of their kind back in 1895. In Russia, this breed is rare and can be found only among true lovers of the exotic. However, these chickens deserve special love and respect not only because of such an unusual coloring of the eggshell, but also for their excellent production qualities. Maran chickens grow rapidly, are used both in the egg and meat direction.
As you already understood, the Maran breed is far from small birds. Already at the age of two, roosters weigh about 3.5-4 kilograms, while chickens weigh from 2.5-3 kilograms. Eggs differ in the same considerable size, the weight of one is on average 65-70 grams. Many who have tried these "chocolate" or gold products, assure that they are the most delicious. In addition, an interesting fact that these eggs are recognized as the safest. In France, they are consumed raw without fear of salmonella. The thing is in a very dense shell, through which, as experts say, microbes and virus sticks do not penetrate.
The most popular black Maran chickens, however, are also found in other colors. Today the colors are officially recognized: wheat, white, black, golden, cuckoo, copper-black.
The Maran chickens, despite their great weight, are quite elegant and graceful birds. They have a short tail, a horizontal high body, dense plumage, a small head. A special decoration of birds is abundant plumage in the area of the neck and shoulders. Roosters feathers fall down a beautiful train, like a mane. Also, a light down is found on the thigh part of the legs and in the area of the thumb.
Today in appearance these layers are often called royal. They are proud and important, as in the photo.
Behavior and content features
As for other qualities, in particular character, the Maran breed is very calm and balanced poultry. At will show high activity and mobility. As for food, then at least chickens and French, but quite willingly eat our Russian feed. The basis of the diet is a dry cereal mixture and herbal supplements. As additional vitamin baits, you can give: chopped vegetables, bone meal, chalk, boiled fish, shell rock, mashed potatoes.
Birds are well resistant to diseases, strong, easily tolerate cold, but poorly high humidity. If you have a damp climate, the house should be further dried with warm fans.
Perhaps the main rule in keeping Maran chickens is a spacious aviary. In summer, the bird should spend most of its time outdoors, in winter it should not be less than 11 hours.
Breed Maran perfectly contained and bred in households. The only thing you need to remember is a dense egg shell. It is often difficult for chickens to independently break through the top layer of the shell, so before the time of hatching it is necessary to increase the humidity indoors. At these moments, it is important to be close to, if possible, help the babies to be born.
The most popular in our country is the copper-black color of Maran chickens. At the same time, roosters appear brighter and more elegant than layers, they have bright red feathers on their neck and on their backs. In females, however, only a small ginger necklace is clearly visible.
Often you can also find cuckoo color. It is considered the most beautiful due to the chaotic arrangement on the black body of a bird of light silver or golden feathers.
But there is wheat. The rooster on the black main background in the area of the head and chest are bright golden feathers. Contour feathers of red-brown color. Crusts light golden-red shade. As the description of this color indicates, it can vary from light to dark brown.