sorry to blame you folk for that Italian creation. The general public overseas tends to associate Leghorns with America, probably 'cause of all the cartoons! Sounds like you have similar reservations re RIR. I don't think strains we have here are that bad. I wonder if your experience is the norm over there. Perhaps, your heritage breeders could work on temperament a bit more as it's only some of 'em that play up over here. Re the guy with good orpy aussies, if he won't show 'em, won't he sell you some for your breeding program? Sounds better than using fluffy orps, even with good combs. Agree with the judges comment. I'm chasing some good girls next week from the winner of our state championships, who's also a judge. I'll put your suggestion to her! You mention some downsides to the addition of Langshan, but I wonder what it added to the original. ie. how important was it as an ingredient?
Cheers Geoff from Aus