I have to admit that pretty is one of the criteria for my hens. I want them to be good egg layers, but refuse to sacrifice beauty for the standard hybrid chicken developed for production egg laying. Over the years I have had so many different breeds. Some I would like to have again, but there are also many breeds I want that I haven’t yet had. I would have lots more chickens as I am always looking at other pretty breeds and planning how they might fit into collection of hens. As I cull out older ones, I am planning on how to replace them. I am watching this year’s ladies for their first egg. They are 19 going on 20 weeks old and they should be laying their first eggs any day now. I wonder how they will stack up. Will they be a breed to go down as a favorite or will they be a one time wonder?