Quote:Hi James, I'm not an expert since I just got my Barnies last year, but your egg color looks pretty nice of course we all dream Barnies could lay like a Black Copper Marans. I've heard that yellow leg color can fade when a hen is laying. My hen's legs are not bright yellow, but they were before the pullets started laying. It also can be effected by what you feed. I think as long as they don't have white skin or white legs, there are other things more important to work towards perfecting with the Barnie breed. Pullet's and Cockerel's legs: Bright yellow https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/30473_barnevelder_cockerel_and_pullet_5_months.jpg Hen's legs: See how they faded, I also don't feed as much corn and they don't get as much greens (can't free range as much as they used to) https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/30473_barnevelder_pullet_cropped_pic.jpg As for lacing, here is a picture of one of mine that I got from C. Ledford. The lacing is really good on her birds. Julie Gabbard's birds have good lacing too. I've seen some so called Barnevelders that don't even come close to double laced or are so mossed that they look like a Welsummer or partridge rock/wyandotte. Not even close to breed standard. https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/30473_barnevelder_hen_pattern.jpg I wished I could get that orangy yellow leg color like your birds.Mine just seem bright yellow until as you said they start laying then leg color fades..My lacing also needs weork but it seem like to get good leg color and lacing you give up egg color and to get egg color you give up leg color and lacing.It's a real battle.I still love them and will try to one day get both.