The few I had with grey in my other line was not what I would describe as smut. The top of the feathers looked white as they should but the underfluff was greyish not white to the skin.
I understand what you are saying about the rate of feathering and truly appreciate your thoughts/input. I feel strongly right now that we just need to keep trying to make the best selections without adding another line or breed, at least for another generation or so. I may think completely differently after this coming season or the next, time will tell.
A side project is a thought and entirely possible with the group of us working together here in Oregon.
When I look at the pics. of my old line I have no doubts that I made the right choice to give them up and solely work with this line although maybe keeping a Cock or two would have proven helpful. Hindsight..........
Agreed that this line is remarkable and I am so thrilled to have been given the chance to work with them!
What you are describing, I call smut. I am not saying that I am correct using the term. It is just what I always called it. It was so pervasive in my Catalanas, among some other things, that I had to start a side project.