It is clear from the history of chicken development, breeds are crossed to create new breeds and new color varieties. Most average chicken owners don't realize this or don't know. Let's talk about the development of new color varieties and your thoughts on projects. I have been heavily criticized for my very own projects from those who obviously don't have a clue about breeding or how genetics works - and lack the skills with breed development. For example, all breeds have other breeds in them: Buff ameraucana were developed using buff orpingtons. Lavender ameraucana were developed using old english game fowl and d'anvers. Black orpington were developed using langshan and cochin. Black Australorps were developed using black orpington and langshan. These are obvious crosses that are today called pure breeds due to the work that went into developing them. I could go on and on with numerous breeds and what went into them. So why is having a project going so taboo in some people's eyes? Especially when you very clearly state it is a project and not pure? Can folks just not understand the concept of a project? IMO, you start with what will help you get to the end result. Locate the genes you need to develop a color and continue to work on type until it breeds true. This is a project in my eyes. If a particular breed is the goal, then it is appropriately called a project "breed" (replace the word "breed" with what you're working on). For example, project jubilee orpington, project lavender orpington, project red orpington. These are color varieties being worked on as projects and are yet to exist in the pure form (in the US) but people are working on them. Is it clear to most what a project is and there are just a few who can't comprehend it..or is this confusing to folks? I would like to use this post to clarify what a project is and how colors/breeds are developed. Feel free to add your experiences, projects and insight.