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Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the Standard o' started by fisher101, Mar 16, 2016.
I was jw what you when at chicken shows is it a trophy or something else jw
You can usually win a plaque, ribbon or trophy. The bigger shows tend to have more funding and flashier awards.
Oh I see sounds fun and if you win alot of shows dose that mean maybe more customers
They're two different worlds. People who understand chicken shows know that if they did not either meet you through a show or through a reputable person from a show, then they shouldn't buy birds from you. People who don't know that will buy birds from anyone who says, "I'm a breeder," on-line.
A veteran judge once told me that a breeder isn't a breeder when she or he says so, but when judges and experienced breeders say so, and there's a lot of truth in that.
On-line folks who haven't yet graduated to the show attendee level frequently lack the observational experience to distinguish between standard-bred and free-for-all stock.
I usually just ramble about with a knife in one hand and George foreman grill in other, and sample others chickens.
So if you don't show that means you are not a breeder huh
A person does not have to show chickens to be a "Breeder". But, "breeders" do need to know, understand and breed toward the breed's SOP. True breeders have made a commitment to their flock to breed for improvement.
If you are talking to someone about buying chicks, they need to be breeding chickens that did not come from a hatchery, unless they are going to represent the chicks exactly as being exactly what they are. Meaning they are not SQ chicks.
There is nothing wrong with the "average Joe" breeding his chickens to have a few chicks to offer to the public, I have been doing this for years. But, my customers always knew that they were taking home "average Joe" chicks that we're going to mature into friendly little egg layers. But, I woild never consider myself a serious "breeder".
I just want to breed a few show quality birds and some average birds to sell
Even when all of your breeding stock is Show Quality, you will have plenty of average birds to sell when you cull the young birds from what you have hatched.
Check out some of the threads on here about breeders of heritage chickens. Some of them claim that they keep less than 10% of the chicks that their SOP quality breeding flock produces.