I got my first chickens last year, so I'm not a new chicken mom... ...but I got a new batch of 25 chicks from MPC this spring, included were some Marans, AND ONE OF THEM GAVE ME AN EGG TODAY!!! It is the most perfect pullet sized dark brown egg I have ever seen! They are exactly 18 weeks old today. It's not like I don't get eggs everyday from my older chickens, but I scared the poor 'new' girls today doing a happy dance in their coop. Feeling a little foolish now for getting so excited.