OK, this is purely a question born of curiosity. I apologise if posted in the wrong section. Anyhow, I was reading a book on chicken breeds the other day and noticed that several breeds are actually a cross of two or more breeds. So I got to wondering, could a BYCer actually create a new breed from existing breeds? Let's just say, hypothetically, that a breeder crossed a Black Copper Marans rooster with a double-laced Barnevelder hen to get a mixed breed rooster. Then suppose said breeder crossed a Black Copper Marans rooster with a Welsummer hen to get a mixed breed hen. Later, said breeder crosses the mixed breed rooster with the mixed breed hen to create a NEW breed of dark egg layers. Now let's say the breeder realises "WHOA, this is an amazing producer of VERY DARK, JUMBO sized eggs, I should patent/create a new breed!" So what is said breeder to do now?