And certain bloodlines lay darker eggs than others, too. I have seen black coppers lay a dark mahogany and others lay a milk chocolate but they were not the same bloodlines.
Research a lot.
In general, the silver cuckoos lay lighter than the other varieties. The black and blue coppers usually lay the darkest and blue/black/splash, wheatens, and other varieties are somewhere in the middle. It will depend on the lines and the breeder you get them from because it can vary depending on if the breeder is working on getting darker eggs in a certain variety etc. In general Marans bought from hatcheries usually will lay a lighter egg especially if they are cuckoos.
I have one Cuckoo that came from McMurray and the eggs are darker than the other hens but they're not really dark like choc.

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