This is the very nature of the term "we get a start". It means simply that we got 6 or 8 or 10 birds as our "start".
The journey is long but rewarding. We don't buy the "end", we buy a "start". No different than anyone else, including me. :-)
It's simply a numbers game the first year. Put 60 chicks on the ground and look for those 4-5 birds who have better expressions of the standard and move forward. Cull the rest. Sell, eat, etc.
I'm hatching every egg that my little bantam "start" lays this year and doing exactly the same thing. That's what this hobby is all about. Enjoy the journey. Perfection is the goal and is never attained. If it were easy to attain? We'd get bored quickly.
As retirement nears, we have nothing but time & we enjoy working with these birds. I put a band on the male we are going to keep. I'm just not sure about keeping either one of the others. Both hold their tails really high. I had hoped it was just something they did when they were on alert, which they do with me when I go in the run with them. They aren't used to my being there. They know my husband. I have been watching them for several minutes every day, several times a day & they consistently hold those tails high. Something that might be beautiful in another breed but just not what we want in these. One of them doesn't tuck its wings high either. The wings droop fairly low & has a lighter coloring on the tips of the wing feathers. If we do keep only one, we have the option of breeding our two pullets to an excellent male that our breeder has. His bird is very nice. Best wishes for your success building your bantam flock.