Yes, it was the Standard in German. So to dark hens and to light/white rooster seem to show up regular. And yes, most breeders show the birds from the same year. This is why show breeders do not like hens with very early POL. Most show here are in late fall/early winter, hatching for show is normally now in full swing, so the birds have the rings from this year and can be shown next fall. A hen that hatches now, and begins to lay in August looses to much skin color when shown in October or November. Esp. the Bielefelder Standard wants birds with vivid yellow feet and deep red combs. A hen that puts out a big egg every day for months will have paler feet and comb than a hen that is not that far into laying.
Well...they would LOVE my hens then. My girls didn't start laying until 44+ weeks of age. They were the best dressed girls in my yard and are big, heavy, plump hens.