I have a nice quad of Bantam barred rocks- I have been told that one hen is show quality - not going to light the show world on fire but would do fairly well. I have a background in breeding and showing dogs and rabbits. BUT know nothing of the chicken show world. I have an interest but dont know what i am looking for! Is the barred bantam a good choice for a beginner to start with? Is it more important to have good hens or a rooster( knowing with dogs the male is the more important factor as long as the female has good blood lines) Show preparation? And do all of you knowledgable and experienced people keep your show chickens in cages or do they free range? Knowing like say with an Irish Setter - if you want to show you cannot just let it loose and run thru brush and field - will be no coat left! Any helpful hints would be appreciated - sorry for so many questions - and thanks in advance for your help and guidance!