This outline for selecting desirable production traits in chickens was developed as part of a Livestock Conservancy pilot project to recover breed production characteristics of endangered poultry. These guidelines are from well-established parameters developed by “old school” Master Breeders, as documented in some of the early to mid-20th century poultry texts. This once commonplace knowledge and practice has become unknown to most modern chicken farmers due to the ready availability of chicks that can be purchased from large hatcheries.
The Livestock Conservancy offers this information for free download in an effort to support small-scale poultry keeping.
Additional useful forms: