Neck : long, fairly strong, tending to curve in on top towards the skull; the hackles are made of many long and abundant feathers covering the shoulders well Back : long, flat, slightly concave towards the rear Saddle : large, slightly raised but not rounded, covered with many lancets Breast : strong and large Abdomen : well developed Wings : short , kept close to the body Tail : strong at its base, quite short, fairly up without going over 45 ° Head : average size, slightly flat and long Comb : simple, of an average size, with a fairly rough texture. Sharp edges. The lobe not touching the nape Wattles : average size, red with a fine texture Ear-lobes : average size, red and long Face : red colored with or without down Eyes : bright, with a orangey-red iris Beak : Quite strong, slightly hooked and horn-colored Shanks : big, without vulture hocks Tarsi : average size, with some feathers white or lightly pink colored for all the varieties except for the BLACK, BROWN-RED and BIRCHEN Marans were gray or dark gray is permitted, although not preferred, for both sexes. Four long and well separated toes with the outer one sparsely feathered. The claws are white or horn- colored.
Smaller than the cock, with a large, strong and more rounded body, a straighter back line, a well developed abdomen, and a fine comb, straight or inclined only in the rear part.
Standards from the "Marans of America Club"
Brown Red Marans Cock & Hen
Cock : Black-breasted red, with parsimonious red spotting on the breast. Having a black wing triangle. The red markings are not to be yellow or mahogany. Copper colored lancets in the neck hackle & the back. Deep red shoulders. Hen : Black with red hackle markings but without the typical Birchen breast lacing. Very slight red breast marking is acceptable. Green sheen is not required. General Appearance: Cock: Body : strong, fairly long and wide especially near the shoulders which are held high.
Developed in France in early 20th century. They were Imported in to North America from both France and England.
Black Copper Marans
Golden Cuckoos Marans
Golden Salmons Marans