W4W-I hadn't heard all that about hatching those eggs, but it makes sense. I went online to check my order. Since it was three months ago, I had forgotten what I had ordered. Luckily, I actually ordered a mixed bag of Marans pullets! Yay! I love hatching, but I seem to always end up heavy in the rooster department! This is a much better arrangement! I still have 10 Marans boys I got as day old chicks at the auction that I will need to get rid of. My neighbor down the street ended up with my extra CL roos and he said they were delicious . I could just grow them out a little more this time (they had very little meat on them!), and send them on down to him again! I can't do it for myself yet. I sure the first one that draws blood will be the one that changes it for me! I also got 3 OE at the auction. They are about 5 months old now, hopefully they will be laying soon! I am still only getting 1 egg every couple of days. I don't know what I am doing wrong, or if it is just too dang hot! It has been consistently in the 90's all summer. They have shade, water, a pool, dry nest boxes with fresh bedding, I fixed the food, I added more greens, I'm stumped! The NH's are 24 weeks, the AM's are 23 weeks and the CL's are 22 weeks. I know the blue egg layers can be a bit slow to mature, but not sure how slow. I am trying to be patient! I guess I should be thankful it is slow for right now, I will end up with 31 layers when all is said and done. I need to start finding a place to sell these eggs! So much for 5 hens This is 14 chickens out of the 18 that go into this coop at night, (the stoners like to hang out in the basement/dark nest box). I have 3 other roosts, but they want to see if they can all fit on one! These are 10 of the 20 black/blue copper Marans I got at auction. They seem to be wondering how the one got out!