The Birchen Marans can be described as conforming in every respect to the Brown-Red except that the copper/red
plumage is replaced by silver-white that contrasts with the black plumage background. The color pattern (black and
silver) is identical to that of the Brown-Red. The eyes are orange-red, the shanks are gray but never black. The wing
is totally black.
The Birchen Marans is not recognized in the French (SCAF) Standard, but it is recognized in Belgium, & Holland.
SERIOUS DEFECTS TO BE AVOIDED
Cock: white wing bay, any other color than black on the flights, straw- colored hackles, any gold/red feathering.
Hen: white spots on the body.
The Silver-Black Birchen Marans David Hancox
This variety of Marans is not the most rarest that exists in the breed as it regularly appears as a result of
Brown-Red and Silver-cuckoo crosses. Although rare, this variety is no in any risk of disappearing. We can define
the Birchen (Silver-Black) Marans as a Brown-Red that has its copper/red plumage replaced by silver-white to give
a Birchen pattern, ER. The silver (S) color factor, which is dominant to the gold (s+) allele, is present in the
genotype of the Silver-Cuckoo variety. From this, we can understand the relative frequency of the silver (S) genes
in the breed. So in the absence of the cuckoo allele, the Marans breeding stock, which carry (S) silver, give rise to
Birchen birds from Brown-Red X Silver Cuckoo. Care must be taken to remove the red enhancers, Mahogany and
Autosomal Red; otherwise this could result in a showing of red, especially on the shoulders of the cock. The
Birchen Marans leaves nothing to be desired, when compared to the famous Brown-red variety as far as aesthetic
qualities are concerned. The plumage color is a very spectacular Silver & Black combination. Today we find some
very correct Birchen stocks that present to a good standard and lay especially nice extra dark reddish-brown eggs.
It is advisable to note that these Birchen breeding birds are very precious, in the absence of good Black fowl, to
improve some lines of Silver-cuckoo Marans that have lost the capacity to lay the extra dark reddish-brown eggs.
The two pictures above are our Birchens pictured at about 4-5 months
Below and at the top of the page the same birds fully mature.
Credits for information contained on this page:
Breed standard information above was taken directly form
Marans Of America Club
Our Marans are from the Bev Davis/GreenFire line
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The Birchens are one of the newest Marans breeds to be released. They have some of the darkest eggs we
have seen yet. We believe the Birchens are one of the most beautiful varieties of Marans. We cull heavily and
our birds conform to the breed standards including color and leg feathering.
Having said that, as with any breed, undesirable traits can show up
from time to time: IE: lack of leg feather and copper color coloring.
The best way to get the breed as good as possible is to continue to
breed only the best of the breed and cull any non conforming birds
which is our mission with this beautiful variety.