No reason to feel strange about suggestions and comments. I enjoy to give and take of information and theories. In reality, I don't think you would find two of us on this board that do things exactly the same way. So that always leaves the door open to learn something new. Many times people don't agree on how to do things. But, more often than not, we forget that geography plays a big role in how and why we do what we do. I do raise my chickens for my own eggs and groceries and sell quite a number to others also. Selling more chicks to other show type breeders also. Word seems to getting around that my birds not only fit the standard but lay well. Show birds with breeding issues is all to common around here. Love your commentary and expansion on the subject. The rubber strips are only for the day. I have drop doors for night time. So no worries there. With the swing to more small hold farms we are currently seeing and the demand for chickens increasing to either decorate the farm or become part of a rotational grazing system, I do wonder where the next 10 or so years is going to take us. I do know up here there are more people looking for birds that not only look good but can actually survive the climate, lay eggs, and potentially become dinner. So there is a definate resurgence in demand for heritage breeds. Sexlink sales are dropping off. I have been watching this trend for the past 3 or 4 years and it is still building. So I have to ask. Where does the trend appear to be headed in your neck of the woods?