Despite living in a small town and not in the country, my 6-yo wants to raise a chicken for the fair but 4-H thinks this is a bad idea and he should get a goat instead(!) because a)chickens are fragile, b)some will die, and c)are hard to raise. I always enjoyed my little shipment of chicks every spring as a child and don't remember having many problems. Landlord is all ready to build me a coop behind the house and is almost as excited as my son. He even dropped off materials and was measuring by flashlight earlier. I have raised chickens for fun/eggs before, but not for show. Any suggestions as to whether or not this is a good idea? What is a good breed to get? He (son) has been researching for weeks and has decided on white silkie bantams but I have no clue where to get a small set in NC that would be suitable for this purpose. I have always liked Salmon Faverolles and Buff Orpingtons myself. What quality of a chicken do I need for a county fair? Am I crazy?