Hawkeye-I could be either one-genetic or from the injury. Either way, the use of any colored material to cover the color that is actually there is illegal in a show and that exhibitor should be disqualified. Birds are shown not only on their genitic makeup, but on their physical condition which is influenced by the care of the bird. A bird in good condition will beat a much better bird in poor condition every time. That condition has to do with how they were railsed, housed, cared for etc. If a bird gets injured and has a defect it doesn't show well, the same as any other animal would not show well with an injury. It's part of the deal. Any effort to cover the natural flaws a bird has is to be discouraged, whether genetic or injury. So don't do the hair dye thing. If you are serious about showing, go ahead and show these birds, flaws or not. They probably won't win best of show, but your son will get some good experience. In the meantime, you might keep your eyes peeled for some better genetics. Danz has some seriously nice white crested blacks. I know she had extra roosters, but I don't know if she had other to sell or not,. Maybe she has some nice chicks. Checoukan has some awesome rosecombs. I've got some awesome little partridge wyandotte bantams. There are nice show birds out there. Go to a few shows and ask around. in the meantime there is nothing wrong with your son showing his rooster in a 4-H show.