Hello. I am a chicken person from Illinois. Our chickens generally die of old age on our farm. We have four show quality Black and Blue Orpingtons that are old. We used to have show quality Dark Brahmas and Buff Orpingtons. We showed them at county fairs, but mainly wanted pretty chickens in our yard. The chickens we enjoy have been our bad quality brown egg layer assortment we have had over the years. They are funny and energetic and great foragers. We call our big old show girls the poseable barnyard chicken figures. They rarely go far from the food dish and seem content going broody monthly We are down to fourteen hens total and are starting to decide what we would be interested in getting. We would like to try some new breeds and some better quality of what we have. We have five Speckled Sussex hens (hatchery quality) that we call The Fab Five. They are never more than a few feet away from one another, and they hop into our yard from the coop pen every morning and "do the rounds" circling the house slowly looking for whatever they can find. My husband cusses them for tearing up the hay bales and talking all the time. They seem to think they aren't really part of the flock. We love them. However, a couple have leg issues we can't overlook, and we would love to see them a little bigger. That being said, I'm keeping my eyes open to discussions about Russion Orloffs, Delawares, Buckeyes, and of course, Sussex. I've already been reading as a lurker and really enjoy the knowledge on this board. So, I hope to hang around some more.