Let me first clarify that I do not own a chicken yet. I do plan on getting into raising chickens within the next year. In addition to raising birds to lay and eat (very interested in the Heritage dual purpose birds), I am also interested in breeding to improve the breed, not just to repopulate the ranks. I've never been to an animal show of any sort, other than the county fair 4H as a kid. As someone completely new to the field, I have several questions I'd love some help with answering. Assuming I have a chicken of my own in a year: 1) What kind of red tape must I go through to be able to participate in a show? 2) Is there more than one type of show, or is everything through the same association? 3) From everything I've read, hatchery chicks aren't an option for a serious competitior. What's the best way to find a reputable breeder? 4) How much traveling should I expect? 5) What's the least stressful way to travel with a chicken? 6) Do show chickens need special feed? 7) How do you groom a chicken? 8) Are there any SOP chicken guru's who would be willing to take me under their wing? Thanks in advance for your patience with me.