Generous production of highly colored eggs

The Noirans black hen has inherited feathery legs and improved genes that give a generous production of highly colored eggs. The Noirans has the same characteristics as its ancestor the Marans hen. It is the result of crossbreeding between a local hen and older breeds from which it has inherited its robustness and plumage colors. Bred for robustness and high numbers of real quality dark brown eggs (rich dark chocolate colored brown eggs), the Noirans layers have a good appetite and an amenable temperament.

These highly favorable genetic characteristics can only be fully realized when the bird is provided with proper management, which includes, but is not limited to good quality feed, good housing and proper management practice. Hendrix Genetics continues the development and conservation of the original strain on its R&D farms in the Côtes d'Armor region of France.

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Unique characteristics of Noirans

Large dark brown eggs (chocolate brown eggs)

Elegant combination of black and copper feathers

Rustic hen, well suited for organic and backyard farming


Laying Period 18-80 weeks
Livability 89 %
Age at 50% production 143 days
Peak production 87 %
Average egg weight 64.1 g
Egg number hen housed 295
Egg mass hen housed Dopw
Laying Period 18-80 weeks
Average feed intake 123 g/day
Cum. feed conversion rate 2.78 kg/kg
Body weight 2224 g
Shell color -5 Lab
Shell strength 3500 g/cm2
Haugh Units 72


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