LAST UPDATED ON MAY 20, 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 chocolate brown. Older hens will lay lighter eggs as they age.
Notice: Our hatchery has closed for Spring 2022 after the tragic loss of our flocks in fall of 2021. Not to fret, we went on an egg-pic 2,800-mile road trip to collect excellent stock from several states along East Coast, including our first ever bantams and quail. We have live mealworms and frass for sale in the meantime, and will have goat’s milk and tallow soaps in our shop soon. Thanks for your interest. SUBSCRIBE to get updates on available chicks. Subscribers are notified before Instagram and Facebook.
*The photos of eggs in this post are from our 2018-2021 stock.
Each hen here 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 rather unsightly—but they taste just fine. They grow slower than meat birds but it’s worth the wait.
The roosters carry themselves proudly with regal markings. I have never had this breed get aggressive.
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.
Black Copper Marans roosters have a burnt orange neck, darker orange-brown saddle feathers located on their top-rump, dark iridescent green mid-size to short tail plume and wingtips.
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.
Here at Wheaton Mountain Hatchery we breed for egg color, not breed standards. We do not show our birds. Our stock is not the best choice for those looking to add to their show lines.
Some cockerels are relatively easy to sex early on with their tall red combs. Out of a dozen, it would be simple to tell a few roosters apart at a week-old. Theres always one sneaky one that makes it to a few weeks before his plumage and behavior gives them away.
Read about Black Copper Marans standards: New APA Standards for Black Copper Marans.