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The Marans is a breed of chicken that originated in the mid 1800′s in the French town for which it bears its name, Marans. It is a medium breed, popular for poultry shows and is a dual purpose fowl known both for its extremely dark eggs as well as for its very fine meat qualities. They had made their way to England in the early 1900′s and quickly became very popular for their very dark (chocolate) brown eggs – a trait they are still known for today. These beautiful birds were first exhibited in 1929 in Paris by the Poultry Breeders Society of France and since then have gradually made themselves popular in various countries around the world. Marans are generally quiet and docile; but they are quite active, taking well to free ranging in rough terrain and are also tough and disease-resistant. They were originally bred in the marshy areas of France and can cope with damper conditions.
The Marans chicken is just one of the many unique and beautiful birds you can see at Spokane’s premiere Petting Farm, brought to you by Mountain Valley View Farm. We have three gorgeous varieties of Marans: Black Copper, Blush Splash, and the popular Cuckoo variety.