I am new to chicken breeding, and as my pullets approach egg laying age, I was wondering if more experienced breeders, those with three or more years under their belts, for example, would mind sharing which faults they found hardest to breed out of their lines. I know there is no such thing as a perfect bird, and as much as I love mine, and I have three breeds, I have noticed several faults scattered amongst the twenty odd birds and was wondering which were the worst, the ones counted against most heavily in shows, as well as the hardest to breed out of a line. Here is a starter list of some faults I wonder about. Asymetric comb wrong number of toes too small or too big wrong comb color wrong comb shape for breed squirrel tail brown hackle feathers on a (supposedly all black) bird excess white on plumage vulture hocks on a cochin eye color too light or too dark temperament, too flighty or agressive roosters and/or hens wrong feather color pattern, (too much or too little brown, white, or black where it is supposed to be) purple barring or sheen on feathers that are supposed to be beetle green too much sheen on hens that are not supposed to be shiny curled toes split wing or tendencies that way well, i'm sure there are more faults in my birds, but surely that is enogh to get the ball rolling. Any of you have experience with these faults, sucesses breeding them out, hair pulling frustration generation after generation... would love to hear a friendly open discussion on faults.