What a great informative site! I only have a few hens, and came across your forum while surfing the web looking at different breeds of roosters. Kinda addicting, but am learning soooooo much. I have had RIR in the past, but also love the Lakenvelders and Buff Orpingtons (sp) actually love them all, but have decicded I would like to get a nice little Maran flock going. So am happy to be here, and to learn all I can about the Marans!