My 10-year-old showed poultry for just the second year at our county fair and earned overall Grand Champion Poultry Showperson out of about 35 kids. I'd like to support her interest, but our flock has always been for production. We are ready to add a couple coops of show-quality birds. We've mulled over hatchery sites and used the online breed selector tools, but can't make up our minds. What breeds would you suggest for my girls? My 10-year-old is looking for: - A standard breed - Something that will stand out at somewhat at local shows - Although we have an incubator, she says "the natural way is best" so she wants something broody - Birds that will handle confinement well (our free rangers get too ugly for show) - My daughter has a lot of grit, so the breed need not be particularly docile, though it shouldn't be too skittish for showmanship classes - She's strong enough to handle a heavier breed, so size doesn't matter - No white birds -- we had a blueing stain incident trying to wash a Light Brahma and she doesn't want to deal with that again - Egg laying won't be our priority with this flock, but I don't want to waste our feed on something that lays too poorly - Like lots of others, we constantly deal with predators so something that's a little hardy is needed - We're in Michigan so we need cold hardy, but they will be in a barn - Kind of prefer clean legged (unless confined birds' feathered legs will stay prettier than those that free range) My 7-year-old wants: - Mille Fleur Belgian Bantam d'Uccles! But others at our fair raise them, so I'd like to encourage her to consider something else. - She just got over her fear of holding big sister's chickens, so she needs docile birds - Bantams would best match her size - She's a redhead and prefers redheaded birds, too. : ) - After bad experiences with an aggressive rooster, she won't tolerate one again - She wants to be able to hatch chicks, but broodiness isn't necessary as we can use our incubator for hers - She is my fancy daughter who likes pretty things and pretty birds - I think it would be best for her to have a breed where the hens are pretty for show and not just the roosters because I know she'll want to show the gentlest in the flock I look forward to ideas!