I'm wanting to create my own, slow growing (4- 6 month) self-sustaining meat flock. I'm harvesting my first batch of cornish cross today, and am aware any other kind of meat bird will be slower growing and more expensive. My question is, I've read Black Copper Marans have a really good flavor. But what about Splash Marans? Do they taste the same as the Black? I'm planning on using White Jersey Giants, Dark Cornish, White Rock and a Marans in my parent stock. But don't know if I should stick with Black for flavor, or if I could get the same flavor using a splash bird and having lighter color feathers. (I'm also aware Splash may produce blue or black, but would be a better chance of breeding splash than if I used a BCM) Thoughts?