I absolutely love the diversity of color of eggs from my mixed breed flock (have over 12 breeds from a hatchery special), but would love to have some marans just for the thrill of seeing a darker egg now and then. Is that a silly enough reason for getting a few more birds? I wish I could find someone "culling" for a few imperfections but have hens that throw fabulous eggs. But would be willing to hatch out some in a couple of months in my incubator. Actually, a friend of mine is a teacher and wants to hatch some in her classroom so I wouldn't even have to drag out an incubator. Sweet.