Ok...I'm a medical person and I LOVE a good challenge to my identification skills...but, I have NO idea where to start when it comes to how to identify a chicken. I'm usually quite good at taking the known characteristics of something and comparing it to what I'm researching to figure out what it actually is that I have... I've got the stores illustrated guide to poultry breeds and have been having a lot of fun looking at all the different breeds. However, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be looking for when it comes to chickens. I always THOUGHT it was coloring, feet color, comb type, and beak coloring BUT...it can't be coloring cause each breed comes in so many colors. Not sure it's comb type/color either as, I now see...different breeds have different strains with different comb types too! WHAT am I looking for to tell my chicken's breed? So...if I have unknown chicken A...where do I start so I can identify what he/she is? No...I don't have any pictures...this is a question so i can lean how to do it... Thanks.