I get to start with TEN breeds?! That I can do, LOL.
Rhode Island Red
Euskal Oilia (Basque)
Not all fit the ALBC definition of heritage (but then again, not all the breeds on their own list fits that definition,) but they are all old, with rich and fascinating histories and standards to adhere to—if not APA standards.
My goal is to pick one to focus on for the rest of my life. That may happen by a process of elimination over the next few years, however. As it stands, I don't see the Orloff or the Brabanter being strong front-runners, but I can't write them off yet. The Houdan would be a LOT of work, I worry that I may not be up to the task. From what I know at this point, there are good lines of RIR, BR and Basque Hens out there that need to be maintained and cherished. The Delaware is intimidating because they seem like quite a challenge, even to maintain, because of their complex patterning. The Euskal Oilia aren't the total package because they cannot be shown.
So, lots to consider, I suppose. But choice is a wonderful thing.