I don't have chickens yet. I'm doing my homework and will purchase either hatching eggs or day-old chicks (preferably) in the Spring 2012. My homework, however, is killing me. It seems Marans are the chicken of the moment and I'm so afraid I'll end of with the equivalent of overbred Cocker Spaniels from the 50's and Yorkies of the past decade (I'm a dog lover too). I know, a nice dog can be ruined in just 2 generations of irresponsible breeding, so I'm sure this is happening to the Marans as well. I've emailed reputable breeders but they don't respond. Other sites state their birds are from "Wade" or "Davis" lines, which would be great if they continue a reasonable culling practice, but I'm pretty sure they're in it for the money (well, after all, we ARE Americans) and breed everything that peeps. Now that I've ranted a bit, where have YOU bought your BCM's from and, more importantly, were you happy with the results? By the way, I won't show. I'm just a bit of a perfectionist and when family/friends ask me "What kind of chickens are those?!?!?", I want to proudly state "They're Black Copper Marans!"...am I crazy?