I am interested in making good breeding choices, improving the quality of my flock and meeting new people since I don't know anybody who has my breeds (showgirls, mille fluers, sebastopols). I need some outside perspective and input on what I have and what I'm doing and I thought showing might be a good way to get that. However, I recently picked up a popular magazine about showing birds and found it very condescending. It belittled showers whose birds weren't up to snuff for one reason of another. One very successful breeder was asked why he didn't mind selling show stock and he said something to the effect of "they'll waste the bird because they don't know what they are doing so they are no competition." Well I'll be the first to tell you I don't know what I'm doing but there's only one way to learn which is to try. I'm an expert in emergency medicine which is what I've studied for, this is a hobby for me. I'm not interested in going to a show only to be condescended to by the grand high wizard who's made a career out of this. So I was wondering if the attitude reflected in that article is representative of the people one meets at shows, or are they the friendlier more helpful type that I've met at the auction barn & feed store?