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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2008 6:24 pm 
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I am just wondering, what are the basics of good conformation in chickens? I know how important conformation and breeding are in horses, so I am wondering if it is a similar story in regards to poultry? What should you look for in a hen?


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There is the poultry standards that chooks ducks geese are judged against.These are different for each breed this book is hard to get at present as the new edition has not yet been released.
Some standards are on the net through some of the clubs.
Have a look in the gallery and look at good points of the birds you are interested in.Pictures that have been taken at different shows sometimes helps.
Lastly join a poultry club or get some books from the library :)


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Like in horses, it will depend in part on what the bird is bred for. You'll see general simularities in breeds with like purposes though of course each has points which make for individual breed type, just as you'd see general simularities in breeds of light draft horses or such. A big heavy meat breed will have different general conformation to a laying-only breed which will have differen traits to a dual purpose which will have different conformation to birds historically bred for game purposes etc. Just as traits that'd generally be useful in draft horses would be quite different to what you'd want for a racing horse vs cutting/cow horses etc. The old saying of 'form following function', at least until we start mucking around too much and making them ornamental anyhow. ;-) Moreover, once you've settled on a specific breed you also want to worry not only about good conformation but also breed type and this is where the reading and observing mentioned comes into it's greatest strengths - when what you learn in regards to it is combined with what you know makes for good conformation for the breed/type you've chosen.

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