I know that all my questions about breeding have been annoying to some, but I hope to find the answer to a question. I have been reading ( and rereading) the Book "Start where you are with what You have. A Guide to poultry breeding" By Ralph H. Sturgeon, and there are a couple of things that I don't understand. I was wondering if anyone else has the book that I might ask a question? I can see why it was recommended reading to me as a start a show flock of silkies, and I have learned a tremendous amount from it. Near the end of the book there is a section that is entitled " Basic how to program" He starts out with "Chose your breeding method after careful study of several desirable plans you may wish to follow, aware that the approach most often used successfully is concentration of the individuals that have the most of the best and the least of the worst." So I now realize that I just have to pick a plan that will fit the situation ( space and financail) that I find myself in. He then discribes a procedure to start or improve a strain. The first few years he spells everything out very well, can follow it no problem, but then in the discription of year 4, HE SAYS " What is the program for the coming year? more of the same: careful slection of only the best, mated to the best of the previousgeneration. Here the Biblical principal applies " many are called but Few Are chosen"... ( Pg 35) What does he mean when he says " select the best, Mated TO THE BEST Of THE PREVIOUS GENERATION."? How would that relate to say, going to a 3 clan system? Thanks for any help clearing this up. Maybe a Book club section would be good so we could discuss what we are reading?