I never really understood why "purebred" chickens didn't have pedigrees like other animals. It would clearly show the breeding and colors behind the bird, and even the breeder and what one might expect from that particular line/bird. If a bird was a cross between two colors, that would show on the papers. If that bird didn't meet the standard for a recognized color, it would be visual to a would-be buyer as well as the bird wouldn't be showable. Yes, there would be an unscrupulous breeder falsifying papers now and then, but we have them even without the papers. With papers, there would be little question whether the bird was a purebred Ameraucana or an EE. The way things are now, not everyone that breeds/owns purebred Ameraucanas agree on the criteria of what makes a bonafide purebred. It's no wonder the rest of the world is confused.
Edited by gootziecat - 7/12/12 at 5:56am