Clubs really know their breeds with a wealth of experienced breeders to ask. Up to date books are also available through the clubs on their breed interest/s which are available to club members (and often sell direct to the interested public, too). Clubs are here to help keep breeds to correct standards.
There are two types of poultry clubs:
- Location specific (district poultry club)
- Breed specific (national or state interest in a single breed)
Websites and Facebook pages that are very breed specific also offer great charts especially for colour and their throws.
Often on eBay, breeders handbooks become available, but they do come with an OUT OF DATE warning.
A handbook's definition of each breed will change over time and location. What is a good standard for one state may not be acceptable in another state or country. What was popular in 1960 will not be the same standard as of today.
There are two types of breeding charts:
- Breed specifics - size, weight, feathering, posture, comb/wattle, eye colour, etc.
- Colour - all colours currently recognised by breeding clubs & peers - and types of throws (possible combinations in colour crossing)
Locating your nearest Poultry Club
PLEASE NOTE: I do NOT stock any charts