I've done a tiny bit of research into Polish, Houdans, and Appenzeller Spitzhauben breeds. I'm new to chickens, and my mother-in-law wants a crested bird. She orgininally wanted a Polish hen, but I have read several places that Polish aren't the greatest choice in areas where they need to watch the sky for predators. I live where the winters are cold, with an unheated coop. I have a 10 x 30 enclosed run but we are expanding it in the spring. At noon every day (usually) I let the girls out to roam in the yard, which is in the middle of 300 undeveloped acres and mostly wooded with the 8 acres of yard being open. We have hawks, eagles, owls, etc. I would hate to order a chick, raise it up, to set it up for failure. Are polish that ditzy/can't see well? Are the Appenzellers super flighty or aggreessive? If they are real charcters, would just one be a loner with the rest of the flock or would she fit in? Would she even stay in the coop, or roost next to the barred owls up in the tall pines? Can you tell I'm willing to do a lot to keep the mother-in-law happy?