This thread is discussing not all birds should be bred. Ok this is a touchy subject so for those who might get offended, sorry ahead of time, stop reading and find a new thread. NO FLAMING, no harrassement, no posting just create an arguement PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS THREAD IS NOT FOR OR ABOUT BACKYARD FLOCK OWNERS WHO BREED FOR SELF ENJOYMENT. THIS IS FOR AND ABOUT BREEDING AND SELLING AND OR SHOWING AND THE PRACTICE SOME HAVE TAKEN TO SELLING MIXED,OR POORLY BRED BIRDS AS PURE AND SQ. NOT all birds are created equal. Or, not every bird deserves to reproduce. Its just that simple, just because you have cute drake quackers and cute duck daisy doesnt mean those eggs need to be hatched. Having pet flocks that you never set eggs from IS PERFECTLY ACCEPTABLE. Eat the eggs, bake with them, give them away, just enjoy them. If you do chose to breed and hatch ANY birds (chickens, ducks, geese) PLEASE do the breed you are thinking of breeding a HUGE favor and buy a copy of the Standard of Perfect from the APA, around $59 for the current hard copy with full descriptions and color pictures too! It will help guide you in what is and is not a feature/trait you should be breeding. Be HONEST with yourself on what quality the birds you have is. Just because you bought eggs to hatch or birds from a quality line wont make those you have worth breeding. Improvement of breeds should always be the goal when making the choice to allow animals to reproduce. if you are unwilling to be critical of your own birds, then ASK someone who has high standards to help you access them. Be open to the fact you may hear negative things and that the person you asked for hlp from may tell you not to breed them. Dont get offended, be happy you had someone willing to help you. Be happy you arent flooding the market with sub-standard birds who do nothing for the breed. Its nice to have our birds sorta help pay for the feed, but be honest, you WONT get rich off of poultry/waterfowl breeding. If you dont have the time and space to dedicate proper separated breeding pens/paddocks/pastures then dont breed. Dont become a "puppy mill" backyard poultry/waterfowl breeder.