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Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by Nate Caskey, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. Nate Caskey

    Nate Caskey In the Brooder

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    I don't know if this is the right forum for this question but, I want to get into breeding and showing chickens. I have no experience and I have no idea how to start. Does anyone have any information on how to get started?
     
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  2. LilJoe

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  3. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    I don't show as of now, so I'm afraid I can't help you much there. Here are some links though that I found useful. http://pathfindersfarm.com/Articles.html

    As for breeding: take your time getting started. Buy a copy of the American Standard of Perfection and memorize the first 30 odd pages. You won't find any better information than there. Find the best breed for your flock goals and climate, and then find a top breeder of them. You can do that by finding the applicable breed club and checking the breeders' directory. If you can, purchase started or adult birds, as their quality can be judged by then. They'll be pricey, but worth it. Your first year, hatch enough that you have a solid selection for the next generation. Do not discount production; even bantams should be useful. Kill and eat any birds that do not make the cut. Find a mentor and listen to what they say: advice is no use if it is ignored. Don't expect to win at shows right away, you should be in this for the long run.

    Oh, and join formerly mentioned breed club. Being a member gives you a foot in the door in terms of getting good stock, plus the information available from many of them is invaluable.
     
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  4. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Crowing

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    I agree with everything Banty said!
     
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  5. Nate Caskey

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    @BantyChooks I have already ordered The American Standard of Perfection book but it hasn't come in yet, but could you elaborate on this breed club I'm not quite sure I understand.
     
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  6. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    There are breed clubs for probably every or nearly every recognised breed. Joining the one for your chosen breed often gives you access to a page or newsletter with some more 'insider' information on breeding and caring for those birds. Not always, but that is the case with many. Being a paid member also helps breeders realise you are serious about improving your stock if they are deciding whether or not to sell birds to you. Does that make sense?
     
  7. Nate Caskey

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    Yes, Thank you so h.muc
     
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  9. Gray Farms

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    Study your standard.

    Buy the best birds you can afford.

    Attend shows and talk to people who show. They will usually share their knowledge and tips on what to look for in a show bird.

    Hatch a lot, only a small percentage of chicks will grow into show worthy birds.
     

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