Marans prefer not to be handled and can be a bit variable when it comes to temperament, which seems to depend on the strain (we have found ours to be quite friendly). In general though they are busy birds that like to be kept active. There great to have around the garden and will happily pick away at slugs, snails and other garden pests.
They will lay around 270 darker brown eggs per year.
The Maran is a great forager and likes free-range conditions. It is a generally hardy breed so should present very few problems if well kept.