Just wondering what your opinions are. Unlike most people, egg or meat production is way down on my list - otherwise I'd only be able to justify keeping about three hens. I think temperament, appearance, hardiness and foraging ability are more important than productivity for a backyard hobbyist like me. I don't want more eggs than I can give away; I want entertainment from "mobile lawn ornaments", a tilled and fertilized garden, and diligent bug patrollers. Last but not least, interesting eggs are a must - dark or blue or small or whatever. I started out with RIR's and silkies, and my interest in more exotic breeds grew from there. Lately I'm enamored of Marans and have a batch of Black Coppers in the incubator now. I'm thinking about a few Wheaton Ameraucanas. How about you?