I just thought I should mention what I good experience I had with this little backyard breeder, MX Farms. Given, I didn't get anything shipped, because the place is relatively close to me so I just drove down. They don't have much of an Internet presence. I sort of found them via a fluke, just surfing. However, the farm is nicely set up, and the man is obviously very proud of his birds. He not only has Cuckoo Marans, but also black Marans and Birchen Marans, as well as some rarer colors like Salmon (which are not yet for sale) but which he's working on producing in numbers. The eggs are dark and beautiful, and his birds are laid back and friendly. He doesn't show; he seems to breed for egg color, temperament and beauty. Here's the website: http://www.mxfarms.com/ This is a pic of the chick I got, although I wish I had taken my camera to his farm so you all could have see how beautiful his birds were. The Birchen Marans cock was amazing. However, I just got a cuckoo Marans chick because it's relatively easy to tell the pullets from the cockerels in the cuckoo coloring.