Hello all! My family moved to a small farm several months ago. We're gearing up to build a barn this year, complete with pens for several different breeds of chickens! I am hoping to acquire show quality stock for breeds that are under-represented, that greatly deserve a bigger population, and that are unavailable in my area (Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.) So far the Isbars (especially the blues) and Russian Orloffs are my favorites, but I would love to hear about other breeds that are worthy of attention! I am hoping to stick to good layers - they don't have to be as prolific as, say, a barred rock, but I do want a few eggs a week. They have to be able to handle being confined (I'm not letting a mega rare, expensive hen go romping around the pasture), be reasonably docile and do well with heat. (There is only so much one can do for the heat in Texas.) I am most interested in birds with a distinctive look. I have passed by buckeyes and buttercups because they bear too much resemblance to other, much more common breeds. SO! Tell me about your favorite beautiful rare breed!