Hi, I have just joined, and being a Langshan-fanatic, of course I fell for this tread. I live in Wales, UK, and I cannot get over how similar your Langshans are to our Croad Langshans. I breed big white ones, but I do not go to shows myself. I have sent the odd one to a local show, with good results, but I try to sell them there, so I dont have to take them back into my own yard again, as I have not really got quarantine-facilities, and I dont want them to bring back all sort of creepy-crawlies. I currently breed from 3 different pens, and I sell eggs to as many as possible, to try and get as many as possible to start breeding them. Here in the UK only blacks and whites are in the standard, but as soon as the future of these are secure, I can easily see some developing the blues, they got quite far in developing them in the early 1900's, but they died out. There is a big state-owned Langshan-farm in China (I had a link, but it is broken now), and they dont breed blues at all.
They are clearly a very old breed, because they breed so true to type, and your American Langshans seems to have been kept clean as well. We had a Croad Langshan male imported from Germany a few years ago, and he brought back a very good fertility, and size to the breed, but with there being so few Croad Langshans around, of course the gene-pool is to small, so we need to be clever with breeding them, and breeding them good. My own strain has been bred for type and utility, and I only use proven layers for breeding on, and the result is brilliant, I must say, as many of mine lays about 200 eggs a year, which I think is good, especially for a breed that goes broody. I hope to have an interresting time here on this forum with SERIOUS Langshan breeders. Hopefully we can teach each other some tricks?