Here is a link to many standard of perfections available for you to read on line. They are basically the same verb age as the latter issues sold today. One standard that is the best buy of standards is sold by the American Poultry Association and many poultry supply sites and that is the Black and White issue of the standard. I prefer looking at the black and white pictures as they were done by A O Schilling. Also I am short on time Matt here are the books on Wyandotte’s for you to look at and there was a Standard book made for Plymouth Rocks and Wyandotte’s. Maybe you can find it in all these books. These where special standards written by the leaders of the APA years ago and also wrote how to breed for some of the colors. You can take many of these chapters and use them to day to breed for color. You all ask me if there are any old articles or books out there on the subject well here they are. This should keep you busy for a while. Remember to read the pages that Walt talked about first before looking and going crazy over the pictures.
The black and white standard is cheap about $25. I think bob
The APA was selling the black and white version for $10., but I think they are out of them now. The APA 2010 version is $59.00 shipped. I am a retired university administrator and I can tell you that a hard bound 400 page full color technical document like the SOP is a buy. Something similar at a bookstore would be $200-250. The main differences between the 2001 version and the 2010 is that the latter has a lot more color illustrations and those illustrations are of a higher quality than the ones done by the previous artists.
It also includes new breeds/varieties that are not in the 2001 edition. Three varieties of Guinea fowl are also included in the 2010 edition.
Most of the people who say the the APA is about showing have not read the first 37 pages of the SOP. Kim had a great post earlier giving her experience with the SOP and poultry shows. Most have never looked at the SOP or been to a real show. Most fairs do not have real poultry shows and many times use unlicensed judges and this is the only experience with shows that most people have.
My wife who is also an APA Master Exhibitor has raised and shown Corgi's for many years (30) and from my perspective dog shows/breeding and poultry shows or breeding have nothing in common with with each other.
Black Copper and Wheaten Marans LF are now recognized along with several bantam breeds.