my earlier post didn't make it to the aussie thread, so I'll try here to see if I can get involved. I am a hobby breeder from SE Australia and thought you might like some Downunder input. I am not an expert on the breed, having just started with them. I used to breed langshans until ultimately outfoxed. I'm fortunate to live in an area with some very fine breeders. For those of you interested in where aussies are at in their homeland, I suggest googling Australorp Club of Australia, then click on Snippets. There is a pic of a terrific roo from my local area. It made the cover of the latest Australian Poultry Standards. Great curves! It's great that you're trying to get rid of those upright tailfeathers shown in so many members' pics. They're just plain wrong! You're bantams seem better. Has anybody tried using some of these and breeding back to big when conformation problems are resolved. Over here we're breeding a bit big in my view - too much to the orp. side too, with danger of losing the sleek curves. More to follow if anyone's interested and if this makes it to the aussie thread.
Cheers Geoff from Australia