We need your amazing chicken photos for our 2020 Calendar! Submit your pics HERE!

Registered Chickens?

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the SOP' started by hhouck514, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. hhouck514

    hhouck514 Chirping

    36
    61
    55
    Nov 4, 2018
    OR
    Does the APA register chickens in a similar fashion as the AKC with dogs? I asked around today at the county Fair, but couldn't get a consistent response. If I wanted to buy a registered bird, how would I go about doing that? And could I register the offspring? Thanks in advance!
     
    ValerieJ, Trimurtisan and gtaus like this.
  2. gtaus

    gtaus Songster

    741
    1,767
    237
    Mar 29, 2019
    Northern Minnesota
    My Coop
    Interesting question. I never heard of a registered chicken. I'd suggest contacting some of the hatcheries with this question. Their business is breeding birds and selling them as close to the standards as possible.
     
    ValerieJ and Trimurtisan like this.
  3. ShannonR

    ShannonR Crowing

    1,145
    2,337
    281
    Sep 17, 2015
    No. Chickens aren't registerable, unless it is through a specific breed association. They are like rabbits, the very high end ones may have a pedigree, but no registration that I know of.
     
  4. getaclue

    getaclue Enabler

    7,718
    20,249
    1,022
    Jun 19, 2013
    Central Florida
    There is no registration for the birds themselves. The breeder is registered to show them.
     
  5. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

    1,513
    3,701
    292
    Mar 5, 2019
    SE Missouri, USA
    Hmm. Interesting. Maybe there otta be. The All-Flock Chicken and Poultry Assn or some such. Why not? BYC could sponsor it ... I think we probably have the best minds right here to judge shows, after all. Whattaya say?
     
  6. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Pullarius

    54,703
    133,563
    1,697
    Aug 1, 2015
    My Coop
    :goodpost:


    As a whole, hatcheries are not reliable sources for show quality birds, and have different selection criteria than breeders. Private sellers are by far the best way to locate quality birds.
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
  7. getaclue

    getaclue Enabler

    7,718
    20,249
    1,022
    Jun 19, 2013
    Central Florida
    Being an APA Poultry Judge is no easy feat. It takes years for them to become judges.
     
    ValerieJ and BantyChooks like this.
  8. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Pullarius

    54,703
    133,563
    1,697
    Aug 1, 2015
    My Coop
    Most of the serious show people have left BYC or were never on it. Breed clubs and licensed judges (if you can get ahold of one) are fantastic sources of information on breeding to the Standard. The deepest and oldest poultry breeding circles haven't really made the jump over to the Internet, at least not fully. You'll get your best information from legwork and books.

    Part of the difficulty in implementing a registry would be the rather informal tone of many breeding operations. These aren't people with lush barns, a corporation to run them, and big name sponsors, like those present in, say, the horse racing industry; these are backyarders, down to earth men and women doing what they do because they have passion for preserving and improving these genetic lines. I'm sure you could find some purists that would be all for the idea, but by and large, that's not what I have seen.
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
  9. getaclue

    getaclue Enabler

    7,718
    20,249
    1,022
    Jun 19, 2013
    Central Florida
    There are several reasons why registering the birds is a bad idea. Showing, and judging should be left exactly the way it is.
     
  10. ShannonR

    ShannonR Crowing

    1,145
    2,337
    281
    Sep 17, 2015
    Yeah, no thanks, sounds like a waste of money to me. If you are that into high end birds, use pedigrees.
     
    ValerieJ likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: