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What kind of chickens should I get?

By: Catie Leary on Sept. 10, 2011, 8:33 a.m.
A close-up of a Polish chicken.

Photo: Esin Üstün/flickr

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Ornamental avians

Want to heighten the "wow" factor of your coop? Raising an ornamental chicken will ensure that your backyard flock stands out in the neighborhood. All chickens have their specific charms and beauty, but there are some breeds with plumage that will make you do a double-take.

There are plenty of fascinating, strange and gorgeous breeds. The Polish chicken (pictured) sports a voluminous crest of feathers atop its head. In contrast, the Naked Neck Turkan has a featherless head that makes the chicken resemble a turkey.

Another ornamental breed that is also valued for its mothering skills and friendly personality is the Silkie, which is hard to miss with its long, fluffy feathers and black skin. Phoenixes, Sebrights and Sultans are also beautiful chickens worth a glance.