CUCKOO MARAN BANTAM.

Stock will be available from June 2020 (sold out for this year). Sorry I no longer sell hatching eggs.

Marans are an astute, lively and tidy chicken. Cockerals are handsome posers, looking at their best when showing off, strutting their stuff at their hens. Cockerals are not agressive but can be protective over their girls. The hens are reasonably independant and are happiest roaming free range. They are reliable egg layers of beautiful dark brown eggs and can be quite fastidious about always laying their eggs in the same place.

Maran bantam hens don't usually go broody, but we have found that the few exceptions have proved to be the most excellent broodies and fantastic protective mothers.

We have shown a number of our Marans and they usually do very well. The birds that we have shown are just ones picked out of the flock, not any particular birds.

Maran Bantams were created in the UK by Mr J Henry Fines. He did it by down sizing from Large Fowl Marans.                                 He started by buying 6 Large Fowl eggs in 1936/37 from Greenways estate owned by Lord Greenway.                                               It was Greenways Estate farm manager J S Parkin who introduced the original Marans by bringing chicks in from France in 1929.  Mr J H Fines had originally purchased for developing table birds and brown egg layers.                                                                         In war time one of his Maran hens had gone broody under a hedge. She came out just over 3 weeks later with a brood of chicks which turned out smaller than normal.                                                                                                                                                          This gave him the idea to fill a gap in the market creating the bantam variety of which he did.                                                              By 1954, he went on to win at Olympia with his Maran Bantams. He had become a Fur and Feather judge, always happy to give advice to fellow fanciers.  Photos and more info to follow.

Above left. Maran Bantam Cockerel For Sale. Hatched March 2019. This Photo taken at the Southport and Ormskirk Society Bantam September Show. Hatched from 1 of my hens which was running with a cockerel that I purchased from Mr Paul Kerfoot (President of the PCGB). Price £25.00.

COPPER AND BLACK FRENCH MARANS - Large Fowl.

A relatively new breed to this country they are an attractive friendly bird. The females have a more sedate gentler nature than their Cuckoo Maran cousins, they also look totally different being more stout and plumper looking, they also have feathered legs, an undesirable trait in Cuckoo Marans. The males are rather striking with their Napoleonic stance, looking typically French. They are very proud looking and watchful over their hens.

We are looking to improve blood lines, so no Copper and French Black Marans to sell this year. We will have pullets for sale from June 2020.

WHEATEN FRENCH MARANS - Large Fowl.

We will have stock to sell from June 2020.

If you have any questions about our stock for sale etc, please email me on barney@jacksmerepurebreeds.co.uk or call me on 07734 106107.