I posted this in the Marans thread but got no replies. I have been considering introducing some "new blood" into my Marans breeding program, however I am skeptical of the quality of stock that is offered by some breeders. My birds come mostly from Bev Davis' line of TRUE French Marans. I also have a few Wade Jeane C1 and C2 line Black Copper Marans. I am concerned about the quality of my flock if I introduced new bloodlines. I want to be sure that I will be improving the genetics of my flock. I have found pullets and cockerels of the following Marans bloodlines. Wade Jeane C1 and C2 Channing Grisham C1 and C2 Staffordshire Fitch Ripley Fugate I know that the birds I have that are from Bev Davis' line are very well bred birds. The birds from Wade Jeane have had certain attributes, both good and 'undesirable' traits. We have eliminated the source of the bad genetics, however.Also, which varieties of Marans lay the darkest egg? So far I notice that the Cuckoo and Black Copper Marans from Bev Davis' line lay VERY dark eggs.