Thank you Al.
I know talk of genetics by a newbie offends you, but I think it may help me to understand the genetics behind things to evaluate and pick birds to keep. Can anyone explain to me the reason a red eye is lighter yellow with only the outer edge slightly darker in appearance? [No trace of red or orange that I can see.]
Another question I have is also genetic in nature. The chicks I've hatched indicate to me that my whites are a mix of recessive white, dominant white, and silver. I know dominant white and recessive white do not always play nice together, though I suppose if they were pure for both types there would be no problem until a cross to another color variety was made. I know a judge isn't going to know, or care I suppose, as long as the bird he is looking at is white, but of course I want to try to breed a Cornish that has quality plus be pure white, and culling promising chicks because they have off colored feathers sucks.. How big of a hill do I have to climb if I continue with a mix of the two types?
Not to take the thread off topic, and she is sure not going to be used to produce something anyone will ever call Cornish whether I continue to keep a layer pen or not, LOL, but the most eye opening, bright white pullet in my layer pen is an easter egger [produced from a true Silver Ameraucana over a red sex-link] that makes the pure white Ameraucans in that pen look down right dull. Is she a solid silver with no genes for white? If so, have WC ever been bred to be solid silver?