I've read (most of) the 300+ pages in this thread and had some questions for Cubalaya breeders based on what you've seen in your own lines.
The ALBC page on Cubas says that they were originally bred without spurs, but I don't think I've seen a single person mention that they breed for a lack of spurs - everyone breeds for multiple spurs. And the pictures of multiple spurs I've seen don't look like little buds - they are genuine spurs. Does anyone know how this preference began? Is there a reason multiple spurs are preferred over none? In your opinion (not based on breed standard).
My Cubas have been laying well, but I've read that for the first year they lay poorly then, unlike a lot of other breeds, egg production improves over time, with hens laying a respectable (efficient/worth keeping for laying) number of eggs until they are five or six years old. Has anyone noticed this? On average how well do your girls lay? Do they seem seasonal?
I've noticed a lot of different unrecognized colors people are playing with. Because of Easter Eggers, some Ameraucana breeders tend to get a bit ruffled about non-pure or project color lines. Is that the same with Cubas? Since they are so uncommon, I've been wanting to run various colors together, and I'm really tempted to run a bunch of Sandhill's whites with some BBs just to see if they are hiding any color sports. Are people worrying more about type and size than pure color strains?
When do you usually process your culls and what do you look for when culling out cockrels to avoid culling out someone with a nice tail? Are there any tricks at 12 weeks old? 20 weeks? And just for the fun of it, what size are yours at your preferred dress out age?
What do you look for when keeping back a nice hen?
Has anyone felt the need to trim some of the tails over the winter (along the length of the bottom - not chopping half of it off : ) to keep them from dragging through the snow? Does anyone have any issues with frozen tails? We haven't yet, but we also haven't had a foot or more of snow on the ground.
Anything is helpful - even extra stuff not mentioned.