Let me start off by saying that I am new to raising chickens but I have done years of homework before I moved to a home where I could finally keep backyard chickens. I want to start finding specific breeds of chickens from breeders, not hatcheries. I am looking to raise rare to critical breeds from Double Laced Blue Barnvelders to Sulmtalers. I am also looking to hatch all my eggs using broody hens like Silkies and Cochins. But, how do I know if a breeder is any good? I am a professional dog trainer and I know all about spotting bad dog breeders. But how does it go for chicken breeders? I never thought about it until I was researching Marans and correct type and EGG COLOR! I guess there is A LOT more to finding the right breeder that I thought. I will say that my idea of a good breeder is someone who is breeding for quality birds in regards to health, egg laying ability, egg shell quality, and historically correct type. I always prefer animals that are true to their breed. Don't even get me started on German Shepherd Dogs! Anyway, any input is food for thought in my book. I will not poo poo anyone who prefers hatchery birds or common breeds over birds from breeders or dying breeds. Thanks!