How to become a chicken breeder - Page 3
There are general overviews of the standard online, but for the complete breed standard, you must purchase the whole book from the American Poultry Association.
Also, consider becoming a member. It's only $20 for a year, and it's a valuable asset for serious breeders.
Anybody can breed chickens. All you have to do is put roosters and hens in a pen, gather the eggs, put them in an incubator and hatch the chicks. You have successfully bred chickens.
Do you have any breeding goals?
Okay. This is part of what we meant by do your research first. You need to know where you want to go with breeding BEFORE you buy a bunch of birds and start hatching chicks. The last thing that Silkies, as a breed, need is another person breeding willy-nilly. Learn first. Research. Read. Go to APA shows. Talk to reputable breeders. Join the breed club. Join the APA. Make connections. Get some good stock. Then start breeding. It takes work, effort, and dedication to be a breeder.