I'll start this ranting ramble by acknowledging the fact that I am indeed odd. I know that I get annoyed by things that do not annoy the average person. (For example a comedian who used the words "balm" and "bomb" in his routine and called them "homonymns" when he should have used "homophone"... annoyed me so much I couldn't watch the rest of his routine. Luckily I was just watching this on tv, I can't imagine what would have happened if I had seen this live.) Anyway. My annoyance about people labeling chicken breeds with names that just plain don't make sense. I can understand with people who are new to chickens, I've been very confused about what breed of chicken I happened to pick up...but even with newbies, use some common sense. A friend of mine got her first chicks a few weeks ago and was told that the chicks were Rhode Island Reds. Here's a picture of one of the chicks: She didn't seem to believe me when I told her those were not RIR's...unless they were some sort of freakish albino RIR's. Maybe Rhode Island Whites, but those are quite rare from what I understand. Then this morning I'm on our local Cooperative Extension website and find their backyard chicken publication. I didn't get past the "Chicken Identification Chart for Cover Images" before I was so annoyed that I had to stop reading. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/poulsci/tech_manuals/Backyard_Chickens.pdf Chicken #3 - I may be confused...are there other colorings of Australorps than black? Chicken #6 - A Brahma with featherless legs...maybe she shaves? Chicken #9 - "Bantam".... (this was the first one to annoy me in the list actually)... Okay, it may be a bantam sized chicken...but what breed is it? I completely understand the average chicken hobbiest not knowing the difference between different breeds. I still have a few youngsters that I haven't quite figured out yet myself. But this document from the Cooperative Extension is supposed to have been created by professionals in the agriculture/poultry field!! ARGH!! And now that I have proven that I am absolutely insane by getting this annoyed by something so silly...I'll go back to work now.