The photo shows a cuckoo marans hen in the foreground but the others behind her are not. These are genuine pure bred marans poultry, not the hybrid speckledy. Originally a meat bird and still prized as such in France, cuckoo marans are better known here for their dark brown eggs. While they are not as productive as some other breeds because they do not like to lay much in the winter, their advantage is quality over quantity. The eggs usually have very strong shells and are a bit richer than those of other breeds (at least in the opinion of my husband who likes marans eggs best). The eggs are usually a dark brown and often quite shiny. English cuckoo marans has clean white legs, not feathered legs like the French type. These birds are now 24 weeks and some starting to lay their first eggs. They have been outside since 5 weeks old so weather hardy and they have just been wormed so they are ready to go. This breed of hen is normally about £30-40 from professional breeders.