Originally Posted by ChickenJesus
Thank you. Those are good pointers. I'm not really all that interested in show quality birds, but I understand the connection you are making! There are a few shows around me within a 2 hour drive so maybe I will give that a shot! In addition to reading the thread you recommended. Thanks again!
It's not just about showing your birds, but about seeing what the breed should
look like. The breeds we know now were originally developed for a purpose, and the Standard of Perfection - at least regarding physical type - reflects the "ideal" bird which is designed to best perform that function.
Hatchery quality dual-purpose breeds, for example, are notorious for being undersized and having pinched tails. Both traits cause them to perform poorly as table fowl when they reach the end of their productive time... which usually is only a year or two versus the five or more years of better-bred birds.
For your purposes, such niceties as comb shape and plumage color may be irrelevant. Frame size, body shape, vigor, rate of growth, broodiness (or lack thereof), foraging ability, etc, however, will be important whatever your final goal for your flock.