I looked for a guide (might have missed it not using correct search terms), to help me (a newb) understand what to look for in Orpington chicks as far as which to grow out. I'm going to dip my toes into hatching next spring, specifically Orpingtons, as I've fallen head over heels with the breed. How do experienced breeders decide which chicks to grow out and which to cull? I'm aware the SOP is different for American vs English type...but I'm also curious how to employ SOP on rapidly growing chicks? Do you weigh temperament into the selection at all, since they are supposed to be a friendly breed? I know each breeder has their own nuanced ideal for their birds and their bloodlines - I have lots to learn before I would be comfortable trying to breed! But if I get 50% hatch rate on a couple sets of eggs, I'll be swimming in fluffy butts! I'd just like to know how to best identify which limited few to keep, and which to find homes for. (I'm secretly hoping our son will want to do 4H and/or FFA when he gets older, and if we've got a good foundation, that we could try very limited breeding once I know enough. He has a magical way with the birds, and an incredible friendship with our Buff pullet.) I'm aware of major flaws like the comb, and shank color...but I feel like this just barely scratches the surface! I adore our chickens as individuals, which is not a great perspective for breed quality or type. Any suggestions for parental red flags when looking at hatching eggs? Thank you in advance. I've learned so much here, I just wish my brain could absorb more info faster!