Originally Posted by MagicChicken
I would like to hear what you do and don't like about your Catalanas. I'm not familiar enough with the breed to make any meaningful comments. Always happy to learn.
Sarah, you might note that the color is not even. I enjoy her depth of color, but the goal in a buff breed is even color across the sections. What I mean by depth of color, is that it includes her under color. We want her color to go all the way through. We do not want buff birds having a light under color. We want depth.
Her tail spread is not bad, but I want more spread. They hold their tails differently at different times. I know her from knowing her that she needs a little more spread. I wish she had another feather, but they will have to do.
I would like better colored tails. It is hard to get with getting black in other sections, but it can be done. New Hampshires allow black in the hackles, but they do not with the Catalanas. Nicely marked tails are often linked to color in the hackles and/or under color. I am fortunate to be this close. I do want the entire feather black though.
The top two feathers are allowed to be edged with buff. A personal preference would be that they all were, but that is just an opinion. I would like them marked like a New Hampshire. I am not going there, and only sharing a thought.
An opinion is that a black tailed buff (or similar variety) should have well developed and marked tails. It provides a nice contrast to an otherwise all buff, white, or red bird. As much as I like the rich dark red of a Red, I prefer the black tails on a lighter red New Hamphire. I especially like it on white and otherwise all buff birds.
Her legs have reasonable slate legs. I need to get them darker, and I will. I actually like these slate legs on a buff bird. Another contrast, where yellow would blend in. I do not like white legs on any bird, but I especially do not like them on a buff bird. A reason that I did not go with Minorca.
Her type is pretty good. I wish her legs were not cut off. I want to see a developed slope to her back. It is there, but softened by the cushion. Spanish breeds should stand tall and proud in my opinion. I like the proud station, and the big combs.
I like how her cushion softens the transition between the angle of her tail, and the slope of her back. Her wings are nice and tight (a pet peeve of mine). Her feather quality and width is pretty good.
Her tail is not normally as high as it is here. She is alert, but her tail will probably end up being too high. It should be 40 degrees.
She has a reasonably well rounded breast. It is important on all breeds, but these can become too angular without it. So it is not just a practical consideration.
I like her head. The comb has the right amount of points, and they are well formed. The first point should be erect, and the rest progressively drooping to one side. I will admit to liking Minorca combs on the females, but I will be going with the written Standard.
I like large drooping combs on the females. A friend rightly stated that it appears maternal. It is related to hormones, and many good layers have this characteristic.
It is hard to see here, but she has a good shaped earlobe, and they have decent size. I would not mind them a little larger. The white earlobe looks good against the buff and red. A little more white would look good. This is more apparent in person. These birds look better in person.
The beak is good. Her eye color is a little light, and I want them as the Standard is written, a reddish bay. That is not very specific, but enough. I like some color in the eye. I like a good eye, with good color, and for it to fill the socket. Poor eyes ruin an already good head. Good eyes are ornaments on a good head. It should be bright and alive. Reddish bay is a good color for a buff bird.
I like her over all. I am happy to be working with a breed that I like almost everything about. They are good layers of large to extra large white to pink eggs. I hope that I do not mess that up.
What did I miss?
Edited by gjensen - 11/1/15 at 2:37pm