The Marans is a friendly heritage breed of chicken that originates from the town of Marans in France. Known for their unique, chocolate coloured eggs, these chickens are attractive, hardy and good egg layers producing up to 200 eggs a year.

  • Excellent with young children
  • Chocolate coloured eggs
  • Hardy and disease resistant

We don't offer delivery for live chickens. If you're interested in buying Marans you can register your interest in to be notified about ages, prices and dates of availability!

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The Marans are quiet, gentle and child-friendly chickens, making them a great addition to any backyard flock. With an impressive lifespan of 8-10 years, these hens will provide you with great company and fresh eggs for many years. They can come in a variety of colours including Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, Black, Birchen, Black Copper, Wheaten, Black-tailed Buff, White, and Columbian.

Originating from France the Marans are well-known for their strikingly dark, chocolate-brown eggs. This is a unique characteristic that is due to porphyrins, which are pigments in the eggs that oxidise to a dark brown colour when exposed to bright light. This results in eggs collected in spring and summer being darker than those collected in winter and autumn.

Marans are also quite good layers producing around 4 eggs per week on a high-grade feed, or up to 200 eggs per year. They reach maturity at around 26-35 weeks (6 to 8 months), and will lay until they're about 5-6 years old. 

Marans are a sturdy breed known for their fast growth and resistance to diseases. They thrive in mild climates but cope well in both warm and cold conditions, as we tend to experience here in Victoria​​.

They are also known for their tight feathering, typically found in gamebirds which includes short, narrow and rigid feathers that lack much fluff. They have medium to large-sized single combs, red earlobes and medium-sized wattles. 

When it comes to care, Marans require a larger coop that can accommodate their relatively large size. Our rule of thumb is to always allow at least 1 m2 per chicken in the run area. A good-sized nesting box at least A3 in size is quite sufficient for larger chickens like the Marans.

Whether you're looking for a productive layer, a gentle pet, or a colourful addition to your flock, the Marans breed offers an excellent choice.

Delivery time depends on your location and the shipping method you choose. We dispatch orders every business day (excludes weekends and public holidays), with online orders generally shipped the same day if received before 8 am. 

Once dispatched, standard delivery will arrive within approximately:

  • Melbourne metro: 3–5 business days
  • Regional Victoria: 7–10 business days
  • Interstate cities: 5–14 business days
  • Non-Victorian regional areas: 10–22 business days

If you select express shipping at checkout, this will normally reduce the arrival date by one to two business days.

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Both Giuliana and her husband Jason are from an educational background and love talking to and interacting with customers. Warmly welcoming families to the farm is always a joy and they love watching the excitement of children seeing the hens, often for the first time. 

Supporting, encouraging, and providing best practice information to families is a priority along with answering any and all questions. Staff are thoroughly trained, friendly, and approachable so that they are able to provide expert advice and support for families both new and experienced in keeping backyard chickens.


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