- The Maran breed originates from a town called Marans, France. Its a very winter hardy breed with a docile temperament. They are more athletic and take to foraging and free ranging more often than other breeds. The French Copper Marans lay dark brown eggs. APPROX. 175 MEDIUM EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: DARKER BROWN | MATURE WT: MALE 6 LBS. Female 4.5 LBS.