· What made you decide to get this breed?
There are just simply no other breeds like it. I have liked these birds from the day I had first seen a photo of them and read the description of their temperament.
· Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
I own them first of all because they are very likeable and as a rule are fun to be around. After having the breed for awhile I discovered that they are really supposed to be dual purpose (meat and eggs) and in times past for sport. I latched on to the dual purpose part and am determined to bring the breed back to that standard. The breed had been largely neglected in previous years and has only recently been really bred to get back to the original purpose for them. Some breeders are strictly show breeders, others like myself have been slowly working on the dual purpose part, while trying not to lose the show end of it either.
· What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
A real Cubalaya has a curious friendly disposition without being handled much previously. I especially like it when they haven't been handled much and I can go out at night, catch one off the roost and after a squawk or two, they settle right down. Some even talk to me in chirps/chuckles, I like that a lot!
· Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
Here are some that I own or have owned in times past.
This is a cockerel that is being used in a bantam project. He is super typey and has all the meat properties that I am looking for. He is show quality. Color is wheaten.
This is a very nice head profile, it will be difficult to get one with a better head than this one, eye color should be about two shades darker (red bay). Color is white.
This one is almost perfect, the main thing that he lacks is the preferred multiple spurs. Color is wheaten.
This cock is showy, but would not likely win any shows due to feather quality issues. Breeder quality.
Not a show winner, but definately breeder quality.
Two year old cock.
A beautiful head, but I personally prefer less wattle. Eye color should be a deeper brighter reddish bay.
This is highly desired tail structure in a young cockerel.
White is a recognized color, but this one is dominant white, so all the black specks would obviously disqualify him in the show room. He was a solid meaty cockbird.
A very nice pullet with proper tail structure. A daughter to the above dominant white cockbird. She obviously inherited his color variety
This is as perfect a head as I have ever seen on a hen.
Same hen as above and in my opinion almost as perfect as they can be as far as body profile goes. She does have flaws, they are just not seen here.
A perfect head, notice no wattles at all.
A good quality breeder head, notice the almost non existant wattles.
A nice typey pullet.