Hey, no problem! BTW, love your username. We have a houdini chicken. She's the smallest of all our Black Australorps and can get out/in anywhere; a true master. She's the only BA we have that earned herself a name. :D
If anyone could check this link out and give me their opinion on our wyandottes I would really appreciate it. I am only trying to learn what is good and acceptable and what we should work on. We aren't showing or anything(yet), we are just looking for pretty backyard birds, however, there is no reason NOT to work towards the proposed standard, IMO. I have Foley's book, as well as the APA's SOP Wyandotte book, but I wanted to see if my understanding is correct or if I am missing something.
Here's the link:
I am no expert, but from your post over in the Wyandotte thread it seems like you are mostly focusing on color and lacing - which is easy to do with such beautiful birds! it's the most eye catching and obvious thing to judge and I do it too. BUT here is what I have learned...
you want to build the barn before you paint it, so to speak.
that means focus on the body type (physical structure) before worrying about color. type is #1, size is #2... color would be further on down that list.
also, 4 months is very young to judge their color and lacing. this will probably continue to change as they mature - Wyanodottes are considered mature at 12-16 months. breeding before that is common, but a bit of a gamble in what results you'll see. Some say you can't actually tell until after their first full molt (2yrs in my experience) because their color can change again! but who has the patience for that! ;)
to judge type, photos from the side are needed (from down at chicken level). side, front, back, and top-down would be the best to judge.