Walt : I had the pearl Eye discussion with Gerald Blakely several times and he was instrumental in trying to get that pettition passed through last year about getting pearl changed to light red. I have never had a problem with having and keeping a ton of pearl eyed birds. But those that can't get them do in fact want the SOP changed for their benefit, and your right I didn't buy his story about ground conditions cause we live 20 miles apart LOL. Now in the deal regarding judging many tend to overlook the eye seeing as how the deduction is minimal compared to other bigger faults, not having a pearl eye is no more a fault than a broken or missing primary. If the judges see 20 red eyed birds and one pearl the pearl will not have any more recognition, regionaly speaking. I do get sick and tired of folks crossing the fire out of Good Cornish or trying to reinvent the wheel, it is what it is and more folks will do that cause it's easier than breeding good true birds Cornish and these newer to cornish idiots think they know what the deal is from some book on genetics or another idiot who told them some Ole wifes tale about crossings and the BYC is famous for attracting the posers, those who wear those shoes know of whom I speak. It's one thing to say you don't wanna show or what anybody else thinks of your birds, and the simple fact is they couldn't get into the parking lot of a real poultry excibition, so that is clear. Cross when you have the birds to develop a project and keep your good stuff pure............... those of you who can't keep birds alive for longer than it takes to shave a teenage boy will soon realize this, and then you will have to once again go to begging for mediocre stock at bargin basement prices. All I am saying is cross when you have the extra's and don't expect to gain respect in Cornish when you are putting yourselfs out there as something totaly different to make a buck off of the scrapes you produce. You speak of good cornishmen not wanting to sell or get birds out there to those wanting to start in the breed............................ not true at all ......those of us who know better don't want good birds falling into the hands of people who don't have a clue and don't want to do anything but cross them in hopes of creating whatever it is they think they can..................... I ain't wasting good birds on you people who will ruin or not even be able to raise them properly............ then sell your crap from using their good name on the line.................... who do you think your fooling here. You think you want respect in the Cornish world .............. then go get it............. don't talk about it............ go get it with real recognition from real cornish people............. in the real cornish community. Walt is absolutely correct about what he was trying to say earlier on and those who whish you could know him & Bob as I do should hang on his every word regarding Cornish. I do appologize for this abrupt insertion of reality but enough is enough, let's get on the right track here for the breed not for what you Carnies want to peddle, do it right and you'll be rewarded.................. jack around and we will see right through you for what it is your doing. Be a Cornishman not a wanna-be, spend the time, do the work and earn the respect the old fashion way. I have said enough, and I am sure the poser will want to interject their version in their defense.