We have kept these weekly articles going since we started this page, and we are a long way from quitting. We have talked about many of your and our favorite chicken breeds such as the Cochin, Silkies, Australorp, Buff Orpington, and more.
For today`s article, we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of keeping Marans chickens based on what we have observed and found through our research.
Of course, there are exceptions in everything and so there are some in the chicken breeds so if you disagree with us about something feel free to comment below.
Firstly, let’s focus on the positive stuff. Why are Marans chickens so special?
1. Chocolate Colored Eggs
What makes this breed very unique for most of their keepers is that they are able to lay chocolate-colored eggs and therefore the egg collecting process is more than fun for the keepers and their families.
If you are keen on the variety of Easter Eggers available out there we recommend that you try this breed and the Olive Eggers also.
2. Peaceful And Sweet
Many chicken keepers swore about the peacefulness they have – even the Maran roosters can be docile and sweet. They are observant and strong and are fast to react to the signs of predators.
Although many swear on the peacefulness of the roosters we still do recommend that you try raising any rooster properly.
3. Easy Going Behavior And Great Foragers
They have easy-going behavior and you can be sure that they will stay safe and careful while they forage. They will most likely be the ones out of your flock that will be the first to try new treats.
1. Complaints About Irregular Laying
Many keepers that are experienced with this chicken breed are saying that they will not lay regularly every 24 to 27 hours but sometimes once every few days. This may be the problem of a bad diet so change their diet before deciding to make them into soup.
2. They Grow Too Big For Some Coops
Their size may cause some concern between the rest of the flock because they can get scared of your Marans chicken. This may lead to disturbances in the pecking order and therefore unnecessary bullying and feather pecking.
It would be a good idea to raise this breed from small chicks so that the pecking order will be formed in time and other – smaller breeds won`t feel threatened by the Marans in your flock.
3. Another Thing That May Lead To Bullying
A HUGE appetite is what makes these chickens dangerous or puts them in danger depending on the rest of the flock.
They will eat as much as they are given and sometimes that may be too much. That can lead to a lot of problems in the pecking order if some other chickens feel that the amount of food your Marans eat is more than they deserve.
Do you keep this breed? Share your experiences with us in the comments below or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org