This classified ad is for a PREORDER for 10+ day old chicks from our French Black Copper Marans (to be shipped APRIL 16, 2012). PLEASE ADD $30.00 for Priority Shipping or $50 for Express Mail. I am still learning this new system so at least for this time, the first one to reply below to this ad and PM me, agreeing to buy, will get the chicks. Please pay within 48 hours of committing to [email protected] or contact me and I can send you an invoice. Our chickens are all well taken care of, having spacious separate pens and being allowed to free range alternately during the week. We do not use artificial lights nor straight laying crumble, so our hens are happy and unstressed. None of the breeds that we have are allowed to mix so you are guaranteed to receive the breed listed in this auction. Check out our website at www.taylorhobbyfarms.us for further information or feel free to contact us. I think you will be pleased with the Testimonials and feedback that we have received. Our French Black Copper Marans are of the Wade Jeane and Green Fire Farms bloodlines and meet the French Standards. They have light feathering on the outside toe, orange eyes, and no copper can be found in the breast. They lay the desired dark eggs as seen in these photos. That being said, please note that a hens' eggs will lighten towards the end of her laying cycle, but will be dark again at the beginning of her next. There is a varying shade of dark brown in the eggs we are currently gathering. We have culled our Marans several times and will continue to do so, in order to bring you the best quality possible. All our flocks have received their NPIP Certification, having been tested for Pullorum, Typhoid and Avian Influenza. I also carry an egg candling license and a poultry dealer/broker license. We have been raising chickens for more than ten years and have been hatching from our own eggs since 2009. The chicks that you order are 100% guaranteed to make it through the trip. If for any reason any of the chicks do not survive the trip, we require that the box be checked at the post office at the time of delivery and an affidavit from the post office concerning the number of chicks lost in transit be provided. Please notify us within seven (7) days of receipt of your shipment of any loss. We will issue a reimbursement on all chicks lost that were purchased or resend the same number of chicks lost plus extras without charging additional shipping depending upon the number lost. We will only offer reimbursement for chicks lost if under 1/3 of your order is lost. If for some reason more than 1/3 of your order is lost, we will give you the option of whether you desire a reimbursement or more chicks. Extras of the same breed may be used to offset the reimbursement or reissuance of chicks. Shipping charges are not refundable. We will send a minimum of 2 extra chicks and possibly as many as 5. Shipping only available to the continental 48 states.