What kind of chicken are you drawn to, and why? I'm especially interested in all of you that like the exotic (AKA the weird! ) breeds of birds-- anything that might make your friends say, "wait, what is THAT?"... Silkies, frizzles, naked necks, Polish, feathery legs, etc. I always just wanted, you know, "normal" chickens. The chickens that Ma and Pa Ingalls (or their English or French counterparts) would have had pecking around the yard. I was heavily influenced by Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle in which she describes her daughter's requirements for a breed: old fashioned, heavy-bodied birds that lay well through winter, know how to forage, and raise their own young (AKA go broody.) Since it was my first exposure to the idea of keeping chickens, I thought that sounded just great. I like chickens that look like chickens, but with that little bit of extra flair that comes from being an heirloom breed-- the big fluffy butts, beautiful colors, etc. I've had RIR's, Orpingtons, Marans, and some heritage mutts. Now, suddenly, I have two Polish pullets with those big poofy headpieces. They were a surprise, but I do like how funny they look! So if you like the unusual or the exotic, how did you get into that? What are your goals of chicken-keeping-- eggs, meat, manure, or other?