Hello, I acquired some white d'Anvers last year and have recently decided to try to show the two pullets I hatched from my original pair. I am used to showing other varieties of d'Anvers, but most other varieties need very little pre-show maintenence. The whites, however, are not only the most easily soiled birds, but they are the ones that want to get themselves soiled the most. I let most of my birds have free range and I have my two white pullets penned INDIVIDUALLY, mind you, each in a 3'x3' cage with plenty of bedding that I just cleaned, out of direct sun and on a strict diet. They still managed to smear smelly brown manure that stains all over their feathers (on the breast,mostly - one hen somehow managed to get some on her wings tho). Both of them. Now, my question to all of you fanciers with white varieties - How do you do it!?! I mean, I washed them in a very dilute ammonia bath and then a bluing bath and the poop stains are still visible. Otherwise they look great. I have 3 more days before the show and they are on fresh bedding. Is there anything else I can do to get the yellowish cast off the stained sections of their feathers or do I just sit back and hope for better luck next time? Thanks in advance for any replies. Kudos to all you who successfully show the white chicken. Kristen Edited to add: Oh yes! Also wanted to ask if anyone else has ever dealt with black flecking in recessive white chickens? The mother to these pullets has some huge black flecks in her primaries. The pullets are clean so far - but mom didn't appear to get these until her second year molt. Is this a common problem? How can I remedy it? I have Splash d'Anvers - would crossing those with the whites help? This white pair has extremely poor hatchability - I only got 12 eggs from them last year and only 2 hatched (hence my two pullets). My other varieties I set with them had nearly 85% hatchability. I am hoping that crossing the Splash with the white will increase hatchability and give me solid chicks split for white. What are others thoughts on this?