Ok I have a question. I am curious about the maran breed. I am curious about how you get the different colors. I read on the internet that the brown-red marans were the chickens that laid the darkest of all the marans. I thought that the BCMs laid the darkest. I would also like to know why these eggs are so expensive to buy considering the shipping elements and hatchability??? I would love to attempt to raise a nice "back yard flock" of marans for my son to gather eggs because they are different and the eggs are soooo beautiful.