I agree with kejmack ...Buff Orpingtons, Dominiques, Black Australorps, and Speckled Sussex are all fairly easy to recognize. Find a poultry club in your area (use Google or ask at your Extension Office). Generally, you can get the best birds from devoted poultry club breeders.
I saw some nice barred rock layers at our county fair this year. Asked the dad if he wanted to sell and he didn't. Asked him where he got them and it was the same place I got mine, Eagle's Nest in Oceola. I guess I have ti give mine some time to look that good.Sundancers said:I agree with kejmack ...
Also it is "Fair time" ... All the clubs will be heading to local and state fairs. Great place to have a chat and get a look at the birds and all they have to offer.
So if I'm reading this right ... you have a breed in mind and you want to keep that breed true. (An not get a mutt)I know what standards are and what breeds lay brown eggs I'm looking for a breed that you can look at and say that bird is a pure breed that is not a mutt.... I do agree with earlier post bout finding birds that do what you want but at the auctions something that stands out will bring a higher price... I'm frustrated with buying red chickens then finding non red colored babies or having barred chickens start having red colored barred chicks and yes I did keep the breeds separated but of the two flocks I've tried that's what ive had happen