So I have kind of an "ethical" / "moral" /"just plain displaying my ignorance" question regarding certain breeds of birds. I have some real interest in a couple of different types of birds that seem to me to be very new/developing breeds in the U.S. One is Black Copper Marans and the other is Lavender Orpingtons. I am wondering what those of you who breed those birds think the "breeding obligation" should be from the people that buy your eggs. In other words, you've committed to expanding these breeds and worked really hard at it. I buy hatching eggs from you and realize the fruits of of all the work you've done. I let those birds I hatch from your eggs breed doing some research regarding such things - but admittedly I am not an expert on the standards. I envision a couple of scenarios - one I end up with a bird that in someway doesn't meet the standard and I don't know or two I have a bird that doesn't meet the standard but I'm a wienie and I love bird and can't or won't cull it. If I sell or give those birds to someone else who breeds them (even with the caveat that I tell the person the bird doesn't meet the standard and shouldn't be bred) - what are your thoughts on that scenario given the work you have on done on your project birds? Maybe I am overthinking it but here is why I ask the question: I ordered some Black Copper Maran eggs. It wasn't an impulse decision, I have been thinking about doing so for several months and I think I researched appropriately. I also have an interest in Lavender Orpingtons and would like to hatch some of those as well. My dilemna is that I am - admittedly an amateur. I question my ability to objectively look at a bird and make decisions about its characteristics and cull based on that decision. But I don't want to become a bird "hoarder" and would like to be able to either give away or sell any resulting chicks and know that I wasn't destroying the hard work of the people my flock was built on. That said - is it also "ok" to just have these types of birds and enjoy them for what they are without breeding them? I haven't really seen anything like this discussed on here - so maybe I am just overthinking it - but I do want to hear from those of you that work so hard at this what you think the right thing is - not necessarily just in regard to these two breeds but in regard to "special" breeds in general.