- The Maran breed originates from a town called Marans, France. It is a very hardy breed with a docile temperament. This breed tends to be more athletic, taking to foraging and free ranging more often that other breeds. The hens lay dark chocolate eggs. These tough birds make a great addition to any backyard flock. APPROX. 200 MEDIUM EGGS/YEAR | EGG COLOR: BROWN | MATURE WT: MALE 6 LBS. FEMALE 4.5 LBS.