I grew up breeding and showing Arabian horses in halter and later showing Saddelbreds before switching to a much smaller animal the betta fish which I also breed and showed for some time but I have really considered moving to chickens instead as horses are too expensive and showing fish is difficult because of constantly shipping fish and fish dying in transit thus losing me fish and money. Chickens seem like the happy medium for me but the problem being I don't have anyone around me to 'mentor' me into showing and breeding chickens. I guess it's hard to say 'teach me everything you know in a single thread so you don't need to do that. However what I do ask is where I should start. I have silkies already and actually really love the breed. I would love to start with them and eventually go to Sultan's and Polish as well. Already have 4 silkies from a great local breeder with beautiful birds and considering getting more down the road, perhaps for my birthday in June. I have a lovely growing white rooster and might get some white hens and perhaps some blacks as well. I also have a buff rooster and a buff hen. My main thing is what steps I need to take before I can go enter my birds into shows. I know for Betta Fish we have something called the IBC you sign up to and pay a yearly membership fee and get the yearly book on what is show standard for the fish, the tail types, color types etc. Every year so long as you had paid your membership fee you got the book with updates and changes in the shows, show schedules across your country, and monthly magazines on new information etc. Is there something like this for chickens as well? Also you were unable to enter shows unless you had your IBC card/membership.