Knowing what you get

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by crooked stripe, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there a sure fire way of making sure you are getting a specific breed? I read an article in Back Yard Poultry of a young fellow entering a breed in a show that the judge said was not the breed he was entered in. I don't have a doctorate in chickens and can be easily fooled. What is the best way of going about this? There are many hatcheries out there that say pure bread. I now question that. Any good breeders with input would be appreciated.
     
  2. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Start by going to Feathersite.com or getting an APA Standard of Perfection book and learn about the specific breeds that you are interested in. Learn what they should look like and about their specific features for comparison. Then look for a breed club, through them you should be able to find reputable breeders.

    Many large hatcheries may very well have pure bred birds, but that doesnt mean that the birds meet the standards for the breed.

    Also, attend poultry shows and go look at the actual breeds that you are interested in. While at the show, go to the sales room and see if anyone is selling some of the breeds you want. Dont hesitate to ask a bird owner or seller to point out both the good qualities and the less desirable characteristics of their birds.

    Technically, with chickens, if the bird meets the standards for a specific breed then it is said to be that breed, whether it is pure bred or not.


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  3. crooked stripe

    crooked stripe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you. You have many good points to reference from. I will start my home work. I do like the breeds I have but at this point I am new to this. The more I read the more interested I get. Who knows what will happen next. I have always loved chickens but raising a family in a town that has to many laws was not for me. Now that the kids have moved off and we have moved to the country I am like a little kid in a candy store, not knowing where to start. Thanks again, John
     

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