Im not too sure on the recessive eye color or not. The birds my grandfather had were more of the Indian game style. He raised dark cornish for as long as my mom can remember. There were many times when I'd go out and just stare at the majestic beasts of birds he had. They had the huge body with proportionate legs and always seemed very proud. His main rooster was as tall as I was, had the glossy dark hackles and white eyes. I dont know if he ever showed any of them, they were mainly his dual purpose birds. He always had a couple groups totaling maybe 20 birds that laid a fair number of eggs and always produced a nice carcass. He always kept a few white araucana hens with the flock just for the eggs and the look of the rumpless birds. Some of my first birds that I was able to keep at his house were the 'accident' chicks that one of the araucana hens hatched out, it was what got me started on chicken genetics, the birds looked overall like rumpless dark cornish with bad color. They ended up going away to 'camp G.E.' because he didnt want to worry about them mixing with his pure birds. I'm not sure what happened to his chickens when he passed on, no one in the family seems to know either, its a shame.
When I judge cornish I look for a nice looking bird that fits the standard, not the current breeding fad like with some breeds where everyone selects for tails because thats what other judges are placing. I go by the standard the best I can. There have been birds that some breeders would consider trash that I have placed higher because they conform to the SOP. The things I dont like about so many cornish bantams is many of them have hideous parrot beaks and like you said, cankles, bulging eyes, they just dont look like a cornish should. There are a few other bantam breeds that look way different than the largefowl counterpart and way different than the standard.
Edited by flyingmonkeypoop - 8/31/11 at 10:11am