I bought 2 cm's from Ideal and they've been laying and they can be dark but not "chocolate" dark. I also have 3 hens from a farm and they've started laying and they're eggs aren't what I'd consider dark at all. In fact some aren't any darker than a Delaware egg. The hens from Ideal are more dark smokey gray in their black and the 3 hens from the farm are darker black in their black coloring. The roo from the farm is huge and lighter than the females which I understand is normal. What gives? The Ideal hens have to date laid the darkest of my hens, Dels, Bo, aus, dom, slw's and glw's. Since the farm CM's have just started laying shouldn't I expect their eggs to be dark? Anyone got pics of their CM eggs. Oh and one hen is the french version. I had expected to sell chicks in the spring as CM's aren't easy to get here. I guess I could just hatch the darkest eggs.