BREED DESCRIPTIONSometimes marketed as "French" Marans in the US, these very special hens are coveted for laying the darkest red-chocoloate-brown eggs in the poultry world. Our Black Copper A Line has an exceptionally agreeable temperament and our B Line lays our darkest eggs. View Hatching Eggs
- Disposition: Active, Calm
- Eggs: 250+ per year
- Point of Lay: 5 months
- Traits: Great Foragers
- Noise Level: Quiet
- Breed Origin: France
- PLEASE NOTE: A, B, and C lines will decrease in both egg color and temperament. Due to demand, we will need to keep back some BCM chicks to expand our breeding flocks in 2020 in order to fill future orders more promptly. Ordering Black Copper Marans may increase the time it takes us to fulfill your order of little ones, and we are working towards improving or eliminating those wait times.
- Black Copper — A Line $30
Shipping Policy and Guarantee
Shipping & Rates
We ship Hatching Eggs Mon through Wed of each week, and Saturdays (with Monday arrival) via USPS Priority 2-Day Shipping. Eggs will be labeled with breed identification codes and double-boxed.
|Up to 2-dozen Chicken or 5-dozen Quail Eggs||
4 to 20
|Drop Location||St. Paul, Minnesota||$15|
|North Branch, Minnesota||Free|
Local Pickup - Minnesota
If your shipping address matches Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Iowa you will see shipping options for 'Local Pickup' and 'Drop Location'. Local pickups are by appointment, and we will coordinate a pick-up date/time with you via the contact information you provide during the checkout process. We are located in Minnesota, 35 minutes north of St Paul. There is no minimum order for local pickups.
Please note that we do have strict biosecurity protocols in place to prevent against the transference of diseases from outside flocks to our own, and therefore do not offer farm tours. Local pickup will be limited to the front porch or farm stand. Thank you so much for your understanding – our chickens appreciate it!
Ship Date Preferences
There is a 'Notes' textbox during checkout — please specify any blackout dates in the notes section that you do not wish to receive your order. Please let us know if you are willing to accept any substitutions to have a quicker ship date, or if you are placing an EARLY order to reserve a later ship date. We fill orders in the order they were placed, so it is important to place your paid order as soon as possible to get the best chance at earlier ship dates.
Shipping Hatching Eggs
We cannot guarantee hatch rates due to many variables beyond our control during shipping, which is the universal policy with all breeders and hatcheries. Rough handling, x-ray machines, fluctuating temperatures, occasional USPS shipping delays, and your experience with the actual incubation process all affect your hatch rate. You agree to accept all risk with shipped eggs from any breeder or hatchery, including ours. If we choose to offer a reshipment, note that shipping is always paid for by the buyer from any breeder or hatchery, including ours.
Please take photos of any cracked eggs along with the package that the eggs came in showing any and all damage, and email them to us as soon as possible. We will issue a refund on any damaged eggs that exceed the number of extra eggs we sent you. We always try to include extra eggs to cover any that USPS may crack while in transit. Extra eggs are sent to cover potential damages, they are not included in our pricing.
How does USPS shipping work?
You should expect a call from your post office once your order has arrived for pick-up (orders are not shipped directly to your home).
Shipping takes as long as it takes, which will become evident when you repeatedly order chicks or hatching eggs throughout various regions of the country. If we order Chicks from California they arrive in Minnesota in 3-4 days via Priority Express shipping. If we order Hatching Eggs from California they arrive in 3-4 days via regular Express shipping.
USPS does the best they can, but not all employees treat boxes with care, however carefully they are labeled. If you do experience a delay with shipping, your tracking number has 100% of the information available to you or any USPS employee. There is no way for your box to be located between scans, and sometimes scans are missed at a particular location along your box's route to you. USPS has never 'lost' a chick or hatching egg box to our knowledge during a shipping delay.
*ATTENTION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA USERS
The United States Postal Service will not accept shipments of poultry into or out of zip codes 90000-93599 (and some surrounding post office locations) due to the Virulent Newcastle Disease Regional Quarantine. Please do not place an order if your zip code falls within this restriction, as we will not be able to ship your order. Thank you for your cooperation.
We absolutely accept cancellations for all orders which have not yet been packaged for shipping. If you do decide to cancel your order, please email us with your order number and the reason for cancellation. Sometimes it is necessary for us to cancel an order due to unforeseen circumstances, and we reserve the right to do so. In either case, you will be issued a FULL refund for any cancellations.
Due to bio-security regulations, we do not accept returns on hatching eggs or chicks. Nothing can return to our property once it has left (including adult chickens).
Zero Tolerance Policy
If you have any questions or concerns about a recent order, please reach out via email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your order. We want to make sure you are completely happy with your order, and we are happy to go to great lengths to ensure this.
That being said, we are a family business. Any messages we receive which are not polite and well-mannered will result in an immediate cancellation (and refund) of any unfulfilled orders. For fulfilled orders, no further remediations may be taken.
It is illegal to operate as a business in the US and not pay our state and federal taxes. Therefore, you will see taxes charged by the payment system during checkout.
It also violates PayPal's terms of service to use the 'friends and family' method to handle business transactions, and leveraging this method would give you, the buyer, no legal recourse to challenge any unfilled orders from your seller. If you request to use PayPal for local pick-ups, it is our legal responsibility to use the 'goods and services' method, or to allow the PayPal chip reader to charge taxes.
When you go to a farm store to pick up chicks, you pay taxes. When you order from a commercial hatchery, you pay taxes. Thank you for understanding that we are a legal business and are not willing to operate under any other circumstances other than what is ethically and morally asked of us by our conscience and our government.
Most of our birds have been sourced from out-of-state private breeders who have won championships or national competitions. When possible, we have only sourced from breeders who practiced ethical housing on their birds, but this was not always possible. We are phasing out all current stock which was sourced in-state, or from neighboring states, as we have come to regret these 'convenient' decisions and they have proven to only slow down our pursuit of offering superior birds. If you are a Minnesota resident looking for 'new' blood, you are safe ordering from us.
Please note that we may very well order from John Lund in the future to introduce new blood into our own Swedish Flower Hen flock, however. Additionally, our Bobtails were purchased from Karl Rau's personal breeding stock when he retired – we have zero imported bloodlines from the Netherlands.
We will never disclose any breeders we have worked with in the past regarding which decisions met our expectations, and which decisions left us feeling scammed. We accept that all decisions we've made in regard to who we were willing to trust with our orders were vetted by us and us alone. Please be sure to do your own vetting and look for any disclosures that we've made the effort to include on our individual breed pages. We include anything which might be of interest to you, the buyer, so that you are fully informed in your pursuit of the perfect pet or breeding stock.
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