I have this pretty splash Marans that is barely a year old and her eggs last summer were brown with heavy black splotches. She surprised me by molting with the older hens and I discovered today that she's the first to return to the nest box with the light I added (even though she hasn't completed her molt!) Anyway, her eggs are the same size and shape as always but now they're dark brown with only a tiny bit of brown speckling, no splotches at all. Has anyone else had a hen even her egg color out like that? I know it happens sometimes with new layers but I didn't think it was possible to have such a dramatic change at this point. Or, will she go back to splotches later in her laying cycle? I didn't get her until she was ~9 months old so I don't know what her eggs looked like when she first started laying.