I stumbled upon the Marans, saw their eggs and just KNEW I HAD to have some dark egg layers. Right now we have 2 RIR's that are laying but I REALLY want to add some darker egg layers to my flock. I love the Marans but my husband is partial to the Welsummer. I don't know which breed to get and worse yet who do I get them from??? I have read that you need to know for sure that the eggs are from a good line and that the chicks/chickens are not mixed. How do I know where to buy my eggs/chickens and how do I make sure that the eggs/chickens I purchase are not mixed?? I'm considering hatching my own eggs...we are discussing the incubator we will build...so not sure if I want to buy chickens or eggs. Any hints, tips or suggestions are very much welcomed! Oh, btw, my husbands birthday is coming up so I was considering hatching him some Wellsummers just to be nice!