I am admittedly a newbie to chickens and started out with a mixed flock- now I am planning on raising a heritage breed and would like to learn how to do justice to them. I don't know of any organizations in the area, but was looking to join one of the national ones like the APA, SPPA, or ALBC. Maybe even a LaFleche breed club if I can find one. (in the USA) Anyone have preferences for a certain club and why? Is there one that has more emphasis in either continental breeds (french) or has many members in the midwest? Or is there a way for newbies to the hobby to find a mentor? Am I too old to join 4-h? I know hitting some poultry shows would be a nice first step but thrift and gas prices really don't go together.