Originally Posted by Vamvakas
Who cares, all that matters is you have a nice rooster and a hen that lays good. Just because they arnt "show quality" doesn't mean you should exclude them and what's the point in bragging your birds to others?
I do see your point but hatcheries don't always offer nice roosters, because they don't breed for such. And, I don't show my birds either but I expect that if I buy, say, a Silver Laced Wyandotte - That it look like such. Not a spangled bird, or a mostly black bird, or a bird that hardly weighs 4 lbs, or a bird that isn't nearly as fluffy as a Wyandotte should be. But a well sized, fluffy, round looking bird with at least coloration good enough to call lacing.
Again, I don't show poultry, but if I were to buy something said to be of a certain color and breed, I want it to be of that color and breed. Otherwise what's the point, I coulda just gone to look for mutts from a local guy down the street and he would at least breed them with a decent environment and I'd get hybrid vigor going on. When I bought Wyandottes from McMurray I got severely undersized birds with poor temperament, poor coloration, medium instead of large sized eggs, and worst of all, 3 of 10 of the hens had back deformities when I finally decided to put them down. Now, that's just one experience, I've had better, but just sayin'. You don't have to show poultry to want something that's a decent example of the breed.