How to check on poul­try stan­dards

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Q What are the stan­dards in poul­try?

A Andy Cawthray says: 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 rec­og­nized poul­try stan­dards in a given geog­ra­phy (eg Great Bri­tain, Amer­ica, Aus­tralia), and con­tains the com­plete spec­i­fi­ca­tions for each of the cur­rently recog­nised stan­dard­ised breeds in that lo­ca­tion. (It is im­por­tant to note 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 on each bird and gen­der, and de­fines the re­quire­ments for each plumage colour, should the breed have more than one. It also in­cor­po­rates the breed-spe­cific de­fects that would po­ten­tially re­sult in dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The book of Bri­tish Poul­try Stan­dards

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