I finally finished that second heritage breed chicken portrait today. Here is Gloria, a Plymouth Rock:
The Plymouth Rock was developed in New England in the middle of the 19th
century and was first exhibited as a breed in 1869... Plymouth Rocks were bred as a dual-purpose fowl, meaning that
they were valued both for their meat and for the hens' egg-laying
ability. The first Plymouth Rock was barred and other varieties were
developed later. The breed became popular very rapidly, and in fact,
until World War II, no breed was ever kept and bred as extensively in
the United States as the Barred Plymouth Rock. Its popularity came from
its qualities as an outstanding farm chicken: hardiness, docility,
broodiness, and excellent production of both eggs and meat.
Gloria here looks like she was bred for toughness. I think I just heard her say, "Are you talkin' to me?"