I'm a new breeder - just started this year. I'm currently hatching eggs from my Rhode Island Reds and Barred Rocks, and I hope to be breeding SC Light Brown Leghorns, Ameraucanas, and Black Copper Marans this fall. I have two questions regarding the SOP and coloring. 1. What does it mean in the SOP when it says "...free from shafting?" Like on page 51 of the 44th Edition for RIR male color, it says under plumage, "General surface color, lustrous rich, dark red, except where black is specified and free from any shafting or mealiness." Also, what does "mealiness" mean? 2. For Light Brown Leghorns, color-male, under Legs and Toes it says, "Lower thighs-black shanks and toes-yellow. But I've never seen black shanks on any brown leghorn. They have black feathers on their lower thighs but the shanks and toes are yellow. That's even what the picture in the SOP indicates. If someone could point me in the right direction I'd be grateful.