Maran Hen Chicken

The Maran hen is originally from the French port town of Marans, approximately 83 miles south of Nantes in the west.  This single-combed, medium-sized chicken bird has been on English shores since the early twentieth-century.

Famed for its chocolate-brown eggs, the Marans hen is a utility bird, and so is also bred for meat. And, while its French cousin displays feathered shanks, the British Poultry Standards consider this to be a serious defect.
The original watercolour for this piece was a tricky composition, with the need for incorporating silver flecks amongst the otherwise black plumage.
Interesting fact: Ian Fleming’s fictional character James Bond’s favourite breakfast was a French Marans egg, boiled for three-and-a-third minutes.

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