French Black Copper Marans

French Black Copper Marans


We have three lines of Black Copper Marans we work with from Bev Davis, Wade Jean and Little Peddler. We have mixed all three lines to produce a hen that lays a dark egg and with more frequency than a typical Marans will lay. Some breeders go for breeding egg color that is almost black, while a beautiful egg IS produced from this method the egg production is very low. We want our customers to have dark eggs and walk that fine line of production and beauty.


We found that the Little Peddler laid the lightest egg of our lines, often with large beautiful speckling. In 2015 we decided to mix our blood lines of Little Peddler with our Bev Davis/Wade Jean Line of hens to produce what we think is the happy medium. In height of production our girls lay 5 eggs a week that are a 6 on the egg color chart.

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We are particularly fond of our Marans roosters who are not only stunning, they are extremely docile and trustworthy. Our roosters faithfully mate with our hens, always give them the first chance at food and are safe for small children to be around.

Our olive eggers are produced by our marans roosters over our cream legbar hens. Often the dark green eggs produced by the cross will have beautiful speckling over them for an extra dramatic effect.

French Black Copper Marans Hatching Eggs Alchemist Farm Sebastopol California

Whenever we sell a dozen mixed rainbow eggs to a customer they always comment on the Marans eggs first because of their beauty and size. The quality of their egg overall is superior to that of a regular hen. The shells are thick and hard and when cracked open, the yolk of our free-range birds is bright orange, bursting with vitamins, protein and fats from the extra time it took to lay the egg. 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.)

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Hatching Eggs: $8 each

Chicks (up to 2 weeks old): $25

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