Living in high desert in California, has it's own challenges for people and chickens, dry, windy, very hot in the summer, low moisture cold winds in the winter.
Love smart birds who are great forragers, can fly up into a tree to evade predators, so a good strong wing span, laying well and pastel or blue/green eggs, gentle kind roos who are attentive to hen care - protection, as well as chicks.
Very small comb and wattles, or none, wild patterns or colors that camouflage well. I don't like "cookie cutter" so a variety of features shared such as crests, bearded, clean hawk faced, tailed or tailess. Economical and beautiful.