1. beagleman77

    beagleman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to know more about the APA
     
  2. Odelia

    Odelia Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. beagleman77

    beagleman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks I would like to know do they have shows
     
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  5. beagleman77

    beagleman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much
     
  6. beagleman77

    beagleman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And is there specific breeds for show or is it just purebreds and how do you breed show quality chickens and do they have rewards for the winners
     
  7. Fred's Hens

    Fred's Hens Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    This is a HUGE topic and there isn't enough space here to respond to all your questions.

    Find a show date nearest you. Go to the show. Meet the folks, see the birds, visit with the breeders. Join the poultry club in your area. Get to know folks who are involved in this hobby.

    This hobby doesn't lend itself to be learned via the internet. 90% of the folks in the exhibition, standard bred poultry hobby are not on the internet.
     
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  8. beagleman77

    beagleman77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about all the questions I just want to know
     
  9. beagleman77

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    Thanks for the help yall
     
  10. Sydney Acres

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    1) All APA (American Poultry Association) recognized purebreds can be shown in APA shows. There are many breeds that are not recognized by the APA, and those cannot compete for awards in an APA show, but may be able to compete in other shows, depending on the show rules. The same applies to APA recognized breeds that are not of an APA recognized color, as the APA only recognizes certain colors for each breed.

    2) HUGE topic. This entire category of BYC is devoted to breeding chickens to the SOP (Standard of Perfection -- a book that describes what each breed should like and which characteristics it should have). The APA publishes the SOP, and anyone serious about breeding show quality chickens should get a copy. A "show quality chicken" is one that matches the description in the SOP as closely as possible, although it is rare to see a bird that is perfect in every way. The best way to learn how to breed show quality chickens is to get the SOP, then find a breeder of your chosen breed to mentor you. It is a skill that take decades of judgement to learn, and starting with good quality birds and the guidance of an experienced breeder can be the difference between consistent improvement with each generation vs. floundering aimlessly making no progress and not knowing why. Hatchery stock is usually so poor that starting with hatchery chicks isn't worth it.

    3) The rewards to the winners are the pride that you get with success after a long and difficult journey, a pretty blue ribbon, and lots of people calling to request eggs and chicks from your stock.
     

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