Marans Chicken Club USA
A Breeders Top Six
The six things to focus on to build an excellent breeding program by Beverly Robertson
Type. Above all a breeder is using the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection as the guidebook.
Egg Color. Breed Marans that can lay a 4 or better on the MCCUSA Egg Shade Chart and breed for rounder eggs.
Selective hatching. Hatch only the darkest eggs each breeding season to increase egg color in future generations.
Balance. Focus on breeding a well-balanced bird with a correct topline and a 45-degree tailset.
Cull. Remove birds from your flock that don't closely represent the SOP.
Grow. You have to raise a lot of cockerels to pick the "Top Dogs" to use in your breeding program. Slow maturing cockerels are often the best ones in our experience!