The 2010 Standard of perfections are in! I can not tell you how excited I am to be getting the new standards finally!
The American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection is official guide to all standard varieties recognized by the American Poultry Association. This book is a must have when exhibiting in Poultry Shows.
$59.00 for the 2010 Edition is the hard covered book is the full COLOR version of the Standard of Perfection, 372 pages.
Contents: It details the organization, historical details, gives requirements for exhibitors and the show room, judges, illustrated figures of the skeleton and feathers. The standard includes a Poultry Glossary of Technical Terms, Interpretation of standard poultry, Cutting for Defects, poultry disqualifications, description of common color and color pattern, general scale of points, large fowl chickens, bantam chickens, waterfowl glossary and illustration, ducks class, geese class, turkeys class, patrons and sponsors, and a poultry index.
First published in 1874, the American Standard of Perfection is the official breed standard for the poultry fancy in North America. Published by the American Poultry Association, the Standard of Perfection (commonly referred to as "the Standard") classifies and describes the standard physical appearance, coloring and temperament for all recognized breeds of poultry, including chickens, ducks, turkeys, and geese. The Standard is used by American Poultry Association judges at sanctioned poultry shows to judge poultry, and by those who participate in competitive showing selectively breed to select birds that conform to the standard, which lead to the term "standard bred" poultry.
There are 19 classes of poultry recognized by the American Poultry Association. Ten of these classes are devoted to chickens, of which 6 are classes of large breeds and 5 are bantam classes. There are four classes of ducks and three classes of geese, both divided by weight. All breeds of turkeys are grouped into one class.
American Poultry Association Mission Statement
To promote and protect the standard-bred poultry industry in all its phases.
To continue the publication of the American Standard of Perfection with the breed and variety descriptions for all the recognized purebred fowl.
To encourage and protect poultry shows as being the show window of our industry, an education for both breeders and public, and a means of interesting young future breeders in taking up poultry.
To assist, encourage and help educate the junior poultry man to the sound and practical value of standard-bred poultry and pure breeding.
Toward these goals the American Poultry Association supports sanctioned meets at poultry shows all over the US and Canada, including an American Poultry Association Annual meet and a Semi-Annual meet. Individual members earn points at these shows toward becoming a Master Exhibitor as well as receiving awards from the association.
The American Poultry Association publishes a quarterly newsletter and an annual yearbook. The American Poultry Association newsletter is sent to all members and the yearbook is sent to individual American Poultry Association members and American Poultry Association Endowment Trust members. The American Poultry Association yearbook features many different articles, membership listings, advertisements, American Poultry Association licensed judges and master exhibitor information.