Kind of a curiosity lark here, these birds are by no means from some spectacular line nor am I striving for SOP Marans...just wanted a new dark laying breed cockbird for making OE's over EE and CCL's. 2 specific questions in italics below. Someone local had some pretty dark eggs from black and blue copper marans. Don't think she kept the blues and blacks strictly separated. The 5 chicks I still have are very varied in coloration and size. A couple are very small, think they may have come from smaller(maybe pullet) eggs. The smaller chicks wing feathers stick way beyond their little bodies.... .....is that some weird feathering thing or just small bodies from smaller eggs? Any comments on coloration?