When I left Georgia and came to Virginia I had to get rid of my flock. That was hard. I loved my chickens but I loved my husband more and so I moved up here and married him. I am the lucky one. It has been four years and just this year I have been able to begin building another flock of hens. This spring when I got chicks from McMurray I ordered a few of several breeds. I wanted to remind myself what it was I liked and didn't like in certain birds. Buff Orpingtons have long been a favorite but for some reason I am just not in a BO raising mood up here -although I do have four pullets now. I love BIG birds. I don't like bantums and I don't like fru fru chickens either. No real particular reason why other than I just prefer the bigger breeds. If it were possible to raise roosters without mayhem in the coop I would in a heart beat. I love those guys! I have 3 rooms for chickens in my barns and I don't think my husband would build me runs for every breed I take a fancy to. I thought I would show you two of my favorite boys that I have now. This is Buster. He is a Barred Rock. This is Laf (as in Lafayette, Marquis De La). He is a Cuckoo Maran. I tried to get better photos to show their size - that are big boys at 19 weeks, suprisingly large to me. I guess it shows how well they eat. LOL I can't wait to see how their tails feather out. It is so exciting to watch them grow! I especially like the way the red of their combs and wattles really stands out against their black and white barring. Both are pet quality and nothing special for the breed. I raised them and I love them and so that makes them super duper in my book.