I've been toying with the idea for a couple of months now of adding a pen of Ameraucanas. But I guess I am misinformed or something, because I keep expecting breeders to actually breed their Ameraucanas to the standard. Instead I see auction after auction with pix of nice Ameraucanas EXCEPT all the colors are in one pen and the breeder is offering eggs from this mixed pen. Does that not mean that most of the resulting chicks will be EEs and NOT Ameraucanas just because they will likely be miscolored? Why would someone with honest-to-goodness Ameraucanas breed them this way?!? Isn't that totally disrespectful of all the hard work of the original breeder that they bought their stock from? It takes years of work to improve a strain and then along comes somebody who IGNORES everything you've worked so hard to do! I'm just not getting this mindset. It's like buying a show-quality Dobie and a show-quality German Shepherd and intentionally breeding them to get....mutts! The world doesn't need any more mutts! While I openly admit there is very VERY little likelihood that any of my birds WILL ever end up in a show ring, I STILL feel an obligation to the breeds I do have to breed them to their standard and to do my best to IMPROVE the quality of my stock. Why breed at all if not to improve the breed?!? Just color me MYSTIFIED!