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Through­out the poul­try-keep­ing world where show­ing and ex­hibit­ing chick­ens takes place, there is a need for a book of ‘stan­dards’. It is the of­fi­cial ref­er­ence for all recog­nised poul­try stan­dards in a given ge­og­ra­phy (eg Great Bri­tain, Amer­ica, Aus­tralia), and con­tains the com­plete specifications for each of the cur­rently recog­nised stan­dard­ized breeds in that lo­ca­tion. It is im­por­tant to note, how­ever, that one coun­try’s stan­dard for a breed can be very dif­fer­ent from an­other coun­try’s stan­dard for the same breed.

The stan­dard for each breed cov­ers in de­tail the gen­eral char­ac­ter­is­tics of the breed and for each gen­der. It also de­fines the re­quire­ments for each plumage colour should the breed have more than one. It also in­cor­po­rates the breed­spe­cific faults that would re­sult the spec­i­men be­ing marked down.

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