C – Standard Marans, town of the Atlantic coast, near La Rochelle (France). Characteristics of the eggs to be hatched Very big, from about 65 grams for young hens to 70-80 grams for adult ones. Deeply dark-brown coloured shell. Rings' diameter Cock: 22 millimetres; Hen : 20 millimetres Wheight Cock : 3,5 to 4 kilos; Hen: 2,6 to 3,2 kilos; young Cock: 3,0 to 3,5 kilos; young hen: 2,2 to 2,6 kilos
strong, fairly long and wide especially near the shoulders which are highly posted
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
long, flat, slightly concave towards the rear
large, slightly raised but not rounded, covered with many lancets
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 °
average size, slightly flat and long
simple, of an average size, with a fairly rough texture. Sharp edges. The lobe does not touch the nape
average size, red with a fine texture
average size, red and long
red coloured with or without down
bright, with a red-orange iris
Quite strong, slightly hooked and horn-coloured
big, without vulture hocks
average size, with some feathers; white or lightly pink coloured for all the varieties except for the BLACK and for the BROWN-RED and for the BIRCHEN Marans hens (grey or dark grey). 4 long and well separated toes with the outer one sometimes feathered. The claws are white or horn- coloured
Smaller than the cock, with a large, strong and more rounded body, a straighter back line, a well developed abdomen , and a fine, straight or not comb
BROWN-RED VARIETY (neither yellow nor mahogany coloured)
black plumage, plainly copper coloured lancets of the hackles and of the back. Either plain black or red spotted breast. Dark wing bays and wing bars
black plumage without highlights, copper coloured hackles; either plain black or red spotted breast
cuckoo plumage much lighter than the hen’s one with some straw colour highlights
Fairly dark cuckoo plumage, with a rough pattern and irregular lines; lighter hackles; grey or lightly grey under colour
Same plumage as the silver cuckoo variety, the white spots being replaced by a golden colour
Pure white plumage, but the cock’s hackles, lancets and shoulders’ feathers may have some straw colour highlights.
Golden-red to brown-red head, lancets and hackles, red wings’ covers; the large wings’ covers form a black wing bar . The black primary remixes are edged with brown; The secondary remixes with internal black barbs and external brown barbs form a brown wing bay. The breast is black and its lowest part is blackish. Hen
Head and hackles are golden-red to brown; some black spots are possible. Back, rump and wings’ covers are wheat coloured. The feathers’ rachis is light and the edges may be lighter. The tail’s feathers and the remixes are black and edged with brown. The breast and the abdomen are cream. The under colour is whitish.
White plumage, black spotted hackles; remixes and main tail feathers are black, blended with white.
The whole plumage is black
BLACK-TAILED BUFF VARIETY
The whole plumage is fawn-coloured or brown to reddish. The head and the hackles are light golden-fawn coloured as well as the lancets which are slightly darker. Some black spots are possible at the hackles’ extremity. Shoulders and wings’ covers are darker, and mahogany-red deeply coloured. Primary remixes with external black barbs are edged with brown. Secondary remixes with internal fully black barbs. Black tail with some brown edges. Under colour “salmon”
The whole plumage is fawn-coloured and plain. The slight difference between the hackles and the shoulders is less contrasted than for the cock. The head and hackles are golden-fawn coloured with black flames on the bottom feathers, which are more marked than for the cock. Black tail with main tail feathers edged with brown. Same remix , tarsi and under colour as for the cock
Some varieties to be approved might be assessed as long as they make reference to already precise varieties as far as genetics and colours are concerned Examples : Black-red, Birchen, Golden-Blue…
Lack of size; white or yellow ear-lobes; light-coloured or black eyes; black or yellow tarsi without feathers, triangular body frame; horizontal or leaning forward body.
Columbian variety: (Light)
washed off colours, double edging (white edged with black). Golden highlights.
green or fawn feathers. No lighter hackles for the cock or golden hackles and lancets.
Cock : breast spotted with black or no wing bays .
Hen: washed off back colours
Cock : brown wing bay; any other colour than black on the remixes; straw- coloured hackles.
Hen : brown spots on the body.
white or copper-coloured feathers.
Black-tailed buff variety :
Cock : black spots on the breast, smoke-like under colour.
Hen : Too light or washed off colours. Irregular plumage.
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