We ordered cuckoo marans and welsummers last year, hoping for the dark, dark eggs that we keep seeing everywhere. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about, those beautiful, dark, dark, chocolatey looking eggs? Well, admittedly their eggs are darker than normal eggs, but not as dark as we expected. Have we done anything wrong? Are they not the right breed? Is there a way to make the shells darker? From left to right, a welsummer egg (the spots are weird pigmentation things. Not mud.), a normal egg for comparison, and two cuckoo maran eggs.