It never ceases to amaze me how many folks choose for personality/temperament when choosing a food animal. Clearly, BYC folks are more into raising chickens for the pet factor than for food production....which still amazes me.
I am one of the heaviest Cullers around, and I process. I don't have pets for breed for show, see below.
I did not vote as there is never 1 reason to make a choice.
But temperament has to be high up there for breeders, or they don't stay long. Wouldn't want those traits past on and trust me I do not have chickens for pets.
Temperature - because they are going to have to live in extreme heat and humidity and I won't be pampering them long, just tell they make the adjustment.
They are for meat and eggs so they are Dual Purpose- no matter what they are normally considered.
Pretty, because I want eye candy. If they don't meet standard that's OK, I'll breed what I want to look at myself.
Heritage - because we are loosing so many breeds due to APA standards and lack of interest (The reason for BYC- to bring back interest). Ooooh, so controversial, Non-Setting, think about it. I think it should be removed from all breed standards, in the Standard of Perfection. Want to save breeds get that one standard removed. Breed for broadiness then start breeding for quality and sustainability, instead of showmanship. (Broody hens have rumpled feathers in case some don't know - the reason it was made a standard, laughs on us, huh).