I see a lot of you working on some awesome breed projects on these forums. I'm kind of getting the bug even though there are no poultry shows within Vermont, there are some in neighboring states. I'm considering a show in Mass in January even though my araucana cockerel has some bleed through color. He has everything else, correct size, big tufts and rumpless. He has a nice sister with small bilateral tufts, correct color, rumpless. This to get my feet wet, see a lot of birds and also see/meet what other breeders are doing. Way new territory for me but it seems natural after being an egg collector for a lot of years now I want to 'give something back' by working on some worthy standard breds. I am not sured if this is the thing to do though. I love my birds and trying to produce better but I often think about the following: Are the breed standards better for an over all bird? Who decides breed standards? As such, if you have shown, what are your thoughts and experiences? I would like to also have fun with this. What are your thoughts on improving a particular breed or even making new in roads into it? (Such as new color varieties, etc). Sometimes when I see what is considered show quality in a breed or species it does not look natural at all (example: Muscovy ducks, OMG, the caruncles for show quality seem excessive). I'd even like to hear from show judges to 4-H fair kids, ruthless or not, please pipe in all!