Actually the egg color is very poor. One of the blues hatched out of a nice egg, the rest came out of my palest layers. Still better than a Cuckoo Marans, but, not purebred-worthy. I'm keeping her for purposes like this. She's huge, and her daughters make good layers while her sons make great meat boys. Normally my eggs are as dark as #5, but, most the laying lately is done by my light laying girl and the rest are because it's the end of the season. Now, NO ONE is laying. Everyone's molting.