About the Blue Variety
Blue Marans are a relatively new variety of Marans in the United States. Blue marans should not be confused with Blue Copper marans which are an entirely different variety from different genetics. They are not yet an approved variety but we hope that this will change in the upcoming years.
Blue Marans actually can come in three different colors: Blue, Black and Splash. The majority of the eggs hatched will be blue in coloration but a few chicks could be black or splash depending on the color of the parents used to produce your eggs.
Splash Marans Rooster
Blue Marans Rooster
The Marans breed originated in France in the historic port town of Marans. Their breed standard was developed in 1931 in France. While this breed has been imported into the United States for many years now, their admission into the American Poultry Association is fairly new in the past decade. Many people in the United States refer to their Marans as "French Marans" but that is a misnomer as only the chickens directly imported from France should be labeled as such.
The Marans breed is most well known for their large dark russet colored "chocolate" egg color. They lay the darkest eggs in color of any breed of chicken. The Black Copper Marans often lay the darkest egg color of the different marans color varieties.