Questionable backyard breeding and commercial production breeding has really affected most animals from our agricultural past and our pets. For instance, Poodles and Cocker Spaniels could be residential pet trade animals or true Sporting dogs like their ancestors. We all see what the post-WW II commercialization of chicken has done.
Where do we find the qualities our agricultural past prized so much in chickens? How are those chickens different from today's breed-mates? The fancy or unique colors are nice, just like the prized show ring dogs, cats, cattle, etc. but, what have we lost in the animals themselves? How do we find and raise the chickens of the past?