"You have to build the barn before you paint it." Well said. Where the strongest culls are coming from for me: 1) Slow feathering - I cull, reason being, as a homestead breed, it is preferable to grow fast and cover fast to withstand the elements. 2) "Bantam" IBs - cull - sporadically in the chicks, I get some that are notably smaller than the rest. Though I don't mind throwing the pullets in the egg laying pen for eating, I cull them from the breeding flock. Trend towards a slightly larger bird, as the breed could use a little more size, but not excessive to hinder their survival skills. 3) Poor condition - cull - still will get some that mature too skinny dispite having access to feed. Though I don't want a huge, heavy bird, I do want some good condition. 4) Egg size and shape - when I get some more numbers up to production, the ones laying smaller eggs and round eggs will not get incubated. I've got some now that lay eggs that don't form a smaller point, which increases odds of pipping in the wrong end. I want to select towards larger, egg shaped eggs. 5) Retaining the "hypervigilance" trait that is so important towards their ability to defend and detect predation. Then with these, if I have the luxury, in my next round of culls: 1) Autosomal red 2) Gold carriage 3) I would like to focus on the Silver Pencilled, though I'll keep some birchen and work towards a nice variety in that, the larger numbers will be SP. Finer points from then out: 1) Working towards heavier lacing 2) Dark eyes and legs 3) Tail - eliminating squirrel tail and likewise working back to the medium length upright tail as some are trending towards too long at this point. 4) Uniform comb size, working towards a medium comb 5) Blue sheen/appearance 6) Selecting towards our image of the ideal pattern in the hens.