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Black Copper Marans

LAST UPDATED ON September 22, 2022

Black Copper Marans chickens are known for laying lavishly dark eggs. Colors range from deep reddish-copper, crackled-copper with dark brown flecks, to a decadent dark chocolate tone. Older hens will lay lighter eggs as they age.

Our hatchery is closed for Spring 2022. We traveled 2,968-miles in May to collect excellent stock from several states along East Coast, including our first ever bantams and quail. We have live mealworms for sale in the meantime.

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The photos of eggs in this post are from our 2018-2021 stock. We have purchased 2022 stock from some of our previous lines, in addition to new lines.

Each hen lays an average of 5-6 eggs per week. In seasonal climates, like ours here in Maine, they will lay 6-7 on the longest days of summer and 2-3 in the deepest winter freeze. In addition, they will take a few weeks off from laying when it first gets cold here in Maine.

There is often a lull in egg production while they molt. Black Copper Marans chickens tend to molt hard. Add more protein to their diet to help them get through it quickly.

Roosters are substantially larger than hens. Roosters make fine fryers weighing in around 9 pounds, but plucking can leave behind a few black feather sheaths which look unsightly for those used to meat specific breeds—but they taste just fine. They grow slower than meat birds but it’s worth the wait.

  • black copper marans in a lightweight mobile pen
  • checking for saddle feathers to see if this is a hen or a rooster
  • black copper marans pullet with a short black comb will often indicate a dark layer line.
  • This hen has a lovely example of copper and green hackles that often fools novice chicken keepers into thinking they may have a rooster.
  • Half-grown cockerels don't have showy plumage until they are closer four months old. They reach sexual maturity after five months.
  • black copper marans in the barn on a perch with drinker cups
  • These juvenile Black Copper Marans are enjoying some mealworms sprinkled over their feed.

The roosters carry themselves proudly with regal markings. I have never had this breed get aggressive. Given the brilliant coppery-orange saddle feathers on the roosters’ rumps, they can be easily sexed at two months, and mush earlier for chicks with super high, brilliant red combs.

Black Copper Marans hens vary from solid black, black with greenish sheen or black with reddish-brown to golden lacing along their necks. Black Copper Marans chickens have black to slate gray legs with black feathering mostly on the lower-outside part of the leg and sometimes extending down the outmost toes tips. We have one girl named hippy for her bell-bottom look. 

what do black copper maran hens look like?
Hens have rounded rump and tail feathers that are black with an emerald green iridescent sheen.

Black Copper Marans roosters have coppery orange neck hackles, and saddle feathers located on their top-rump, and gorgeous iridescent green tail plume and wingtips.

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Both sexes have black undersides with slate gray down.  Roosters have very tall bright red combs and long thin waddles. Hens will often have shorter yet very impressive combs. Do not overlook this feature when culling cockerels. Best to wait until you are sure.

Here at Wheaton Mountain Hatchery we breed for egg color, not breed standards. We do not show our birds.

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Read about Black Copper Marans standards: New APA Standards for Black Copper Marans.