Quote:We need to remember that the Marans is BRAND spanking new to the U.S., having just been accepted into the APA (Black Copper variety) this year. This of how hard folks work with breeds such as the Plymouth Rock, which has been approved for almost 100 years. Consider all that those dedicated breeders have worked on and continue to work on. When you think in those terms, it's no wonder we have so much diversity that we need to get cleaned up with Marans. Math Ace - I'm totally with you - excellent post, VC, thank you so very much for that!