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12 Greenfire Farms Black Copper Marans
The lucky winner of this auction will receive 12 unsexed, day-old black copper Marans chicks Greenfire Farms’ imported bloodlines! The chicks you receive may be from our French national egg champion line and our APA certified line. Together, these lines represent a treasure trove of Marans genetics that will allow you to breed beautiful birds that produce fabulously dark eggs for the table!
Marans (the name is always spelled with the ‘s’ whether talking about a single or many birds) are fine dual-purpose chickens from France. Marans is a port town in France, and the breed originated from a now untraceable mix of chickens that were left in the town by seaman and travelers in the 1800s.
The birds were originally bred as fighting cocks, but some random combination of matings produced a bird that became popular for the barnyard. By the early 1920s the breed had been clearly established. From France the breed migrated to England and then in the past few decades to America. In 2011, black copper Marans were accepted into the breed standard by the American Poultry Association.
Although Marans are an excellent meat bird, their outstanding and unique attribute is the shell color of the plentiful eggs that they lay. Marans lay an egg that has a shell the color of dark chocolate; so dark that at times it borders on being black. And when cracked open, the yolk of free-range birds is bright orange, bursting with vitamins, protein and fats from its healthy lifestyle. While a typical store-bought egg has a yolk that is runny and flaccid, the free-range Marans produce yolks that have ‘muscle tone;’ little orange domes that jut skyward from the egg white. (Perhaps, for these reasons, the author Ian Fleming identified Marans eggs as those most preferred by James Bond.)
At Greenfire Farms, we are working with exceptional stock from champion bloodlines to strengthen the genetic foundation available to US breeders.
The birds pictured on this auction represent the quality of the stock we are raising. The winner will receive 12 unsexed day-old chicks that will be vaccinated for Marek's. Chicks will NOT be banded to distinguish flock of origin unless otherwise requested. The winning bidder pays $35 shipping. We will ship USPS Overnight Express within 3 weeks after the close of this auction.
We do not ship outside the lower 48 states.
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Greenfire Farms raises some of the rarest poultry breeds in the world; for more information about our breeding program, please visit:
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