I have a few questions that I am thinking about since I have begun the journey of trying to raise chickens to match SOP. I have always had laying hens and raised chicks from what I had with no real attempt at controlling the outcome. I have both Silkies and Wyandottes and in my reading I have read of difficulties with both breeds that I wonder about. I personally believe that chickens should be able to breed naturally and that their general makeup should not cause them large challenges in staying alive, laying or even eating. With the Wyandottes reading about all of people having to AI makes me wonder why we would want to perpetuate a trait which makes it difficult for the birds to mate naturally. I love the way wyandottes look in general but it seems that they would still be beautiful in shape and form without the so much of the super fluff or whatever it is that makes natural breeding difficult. The Silkies have their issues in such huge crests and beards that they can't even see where their food bowl is. Now I think that Silkies are gorgeous birds but I am not sure they would be any less gorgeous with a little less feathering on their heads. Two of the Silkies that I currently have had such huge crests and beards that they literally were frozen in place most of the time until I gave them little "hair cuts". They were initially stunned to see the world but quickly became much more active and gained weight and just seemed happier. Also they became much more friendly and did not seem so scared and petrified of what was happening around the. Maybe this is an ethical question, I don't know. I just wonder why we would want to create birds that can't function without a lot of human intervention. What is the purpose? It seems that as breeders that we would want the whole package. Beauty, function and hardiness. Now I get that breeding for certain traits is in of itself intervention but it seems that since we have the power to create specific things at our will that we should look at the whole picture of the bird. I am just not sure that breeding them to be so dependent seems like such a good idea. I am not trying to offend anyone, I just really want to know why this is done? I totally appreciate all of the different breeds and their uniqueness but maybe some of the extremes that make birds win in the show ring are not in the best interest of the bird. How did it get to be this way? Maybe their is a thread on things like this somewhere already and if so I apologize. I was laying in bed last night thinking about my own breeding goals and the directions that I hope to move in and trying to figure out if I can achieve those goals and also still show my birds which I would very much like to do. Thanks for your thought on this, I am interested in all of them.