Hello! I'm seeking advice regarding Silver Penciled Rocks. I'm currently seeking a breed to work with and breed to the Standard of Perfection - I have several other projects but none are SOP, they're more oriented towards the pet market - sex link Silkies, Olive Eggers, a project color variety of Booted Bantams, and such. And as much as I'm enjoying those projects, I'd like something that already has a long history and concrete foundation to work with. I've been considering several breeds - others among them are White Rocks, Barred Rocks, Buckeyes, Rhode Island Reds, and Light Brahmas - but a variety I've been really enamored with has been the Silver Penciled Rock. I've had them for several years, all stock from Dick Horstman. I truly enjoy their personality, their wonderful broodiness, their vigor, and of course their beauty. However, I recognize that there are likely certain varieties which would be more ideal for beginners to start with (White and Black are probably the "easiest"). Would those of you with experience breeding Standardbred fowl consider the Silver Penciled variety a bit much for a beginner to work with? Would I be better off going with a solid color variety like a White Rock? Would there be any other breeds or varieties you would recommend or advice you have for someone with a strong interest in working with and breeding Standardbred birds?