OK, I admit it. I'm smitten. Decided this year to raise some chicks of a more traditional breed. The economics aren't there, so this isn't about our egg customers, just my enjoyment. Keeping sex-links for the production had simply gotten boring, no offense to anyone, as I still have them. But, I picked up 8 Barred Rocks. Nothing fancy, just pretty much ordinary, hatchery stock, although I did pick through about 200 chicks to get the ones that struck my eye. I've not kept pure Rocks for over 50 years. They are like a breath of fresh air. Their behaviors are so unique, their sounds are delightful. Smitten.