Michael and I just found out about this really cool and rare breed of chickens. They are called Marans, and like I said, they are rare and hard to find true Marans. They lay a "chocolate egg" meaning that their eggs are a deep dark brownish maroon. There are four recognized varieties of Marans here in the US: Black, Dark Cuckoo, Golden Cuckoo, and Silver Cuckoo.
We were able to find someone locally who sells Marans. Today I'm going to give them a call and make sure they are true Marans.