Fancy Feathers Polish Project

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"Weights: Cock-30oz/ Hen-26oz/ Cockeral-26/ Pullet-24oz

MALE

COMB: V-shaped-very small,the smaller the better,resting on front of crest,each side level,preference to be given to birds without any comb CREST: Very Large, abundantly feathered, rising well in front of head in a manner that does not obstruct sight, flowing well over  back and sides of head in a compact mass, feathers similar in shape and texture to those of hackle.  BEAK: Medium length,slightly curved. NOSTRILS:  Large , wide, cavernous, rising above curved line of beak.  FACE: Fine in quality, free from wrinkles or folds EYES: large, round, bold   WATTLES:  Non-bearded- medium sized,almond shaped, well rounded at ends. Bearded- very small to non existant, concealed by beard. EAR-LOBES:  Non bearded- medium sized, free from wrinkles or folds. Bearded- very Small, entirely concealed by muffs.  HEAD: Large in comparison with size of bird, and with a decidedly prominent protuberance on forward section of skull, crested.   Bearded varieties-Composed of feathers turned horizontally backwards, from both sides of beak, from the center, vertically downwards, the whole forming a collar of three ovals in a triangular group, giving a muffled effect.  NECK:  Medium length, moderately  arched. HACKLES:  Abundant, flowing well down over back and shoulders, almost meeting in front of neck. BACK:  Fairly long, straight,broad at shoulders, tapering & sloping to tail. HACKLE: Abundant, flowing well over wing tips, filling space between abdomen and tail coverts. TAIL: Large, well expanded, carried well back, increasing apparent length of bird,held at an angle of about 45 degrees above the horizontal.Main Tail-feathers wide and neatly overlapping, well expanded. Sickles & lesser sickles- abundant, long, wide, well curved. Coverts- abundant, long.  WINGS: Moderately long and large, closely folded, carried well above lower thighs. Shoulders & fronts- nearly concealed by hackle and breast feathers. Bows- well rounded. Coverts- prominent,composed of two rows of broad feathers. Primaries- moderate width, completely concealed by secondaries. Secondaries-Broad, tapering convexly to stern, but not beyond, wing bay concealed by saddle.  BREAST: Moderately Full,  projecting well beyond wing fronts.  BODY AND STERN: Body- medium length, compact, well proportioned. Stern- fluff, short. LEGS AND TOES:  Legs- Medium length, Wide set,straight when viewed from front. Lower thighs- medium length, well feathered, tapering neatly to hocks. Shanks- medium length, smooth, nicely scaled. Spurs- short, fine, set low. Toes- four, straight, well and evenly spread,evenly scaled  APPEARANCE:  Graceful, ornate, active

FEMALE

COMB: V-shaped- very small, the smaller the better, resting on front of crest,each side level,preference to be given to birds without any comb CREST:  Large, full, compact, globular, well balanced. BEAK:  Medium length, slightly curved. NOSTRILS:  Large , wide, cavernous, rising above curved line of beak. Fine in quality, free from wrinkles or folds. EYES:  large ,round, bold   WATTLES:  Non-Bearded-medium size,free from wrinkles or folds, nicely rounded, Bearded-very small to non-existant, concealed by beard. EAR-LOBES:   Non-Bearded-Small, free from wrinkles or folds.Bearded- very small,entirely concealed by muffs.   HEAD:  Large in comparison with size of bird and with a decidedly prominent protuberance on forward section of skull, crested. MUFFS AND BEARD:   Bearded varieties-Composed of feathers turned horizontally backwards, from both sides of beak, from the center, vertically downwards, the whole forming a collar of three ovals in a triangular group, giving a muffled effect. NECK:  Medium length, slightly arched.  HACKLE:  Abundant, flowing well over cape.  BACK: Fairly long,broad at shoulders, straight,tapering and sloping to tail. TAIL: full, well spread, carried well back, increasing apparent lenght of bird,held at an angle of about 40 degrees above the horizontal. Main tail- feathers wide, top two feathers somewhat convexed. Coverts- wide, flowing well up tail. WINGS: Large, closely folded, carried above lower thighs. Shoulders & fronts- prominent,partly concealed by hackle. Bows- well rounded. Coverts- prominent,composed of two rows of broad feathers. Primaries- moderate width, completly concealed by secondaries. Secondaries-broad, tapering convexly to stern, but not beyond.  BREAST: Moderately Full, projecting beyond wing fronts.  BODY AND STERN: Body- medium length and depth, compact, well proportioned. Stern- well tucked up;fluff, short.  LEGS AND TOES: Legs- medium lenght, wide set, straight when viewed from front. Lower thighs- medium lenght, well feathered, tapering neatly to hocks. Shanks- medium lenght, fairly slender, nicely scaled. Toes- four, straight, well and evenly spread, evenly scaled.  APPEARANCE: Graceful, ornate, sprightly

DISQUALIFICATIONS: Absence of knob on head- Absence of wide cavernous nostrils. White in crest of cockerals and pullets of laced varieties.

DEFECTS: Split crest- twisted or reverse-faced feathers in crest-Neck unduly long and/or narrow- abrupt break at junction of back and tail and sickle feathers- Wings carried too low.

DEFECTS FOR LACED BIRDS: Black peppering in wings and tail-Black peppering or mossiness in ground color- Black ends on lower back feathers and tail coverts- Frosting in various sections of the plumage- general color of plumage too light- Lacing too heavy- Spangling or moon marks instead of lacing- White in crest- White in flight and/or main tail feathers- Mossiness in various sections of plumage of laced varieties-Lack of activity, sluggishness-While white in the crests of cockerals and pullets of laced varieties will not be tolerated, judges shall not penalize adult birds for white "aged feathers" in the crest- Attempts are made by some breeders to improve lacing in the hackle, back and saddle of the Golden and Silver Polish bantam male by the introduction of Golden and/or Silver Sebright blood;hence the judge should be on the alert for "hen feathering" in these sections and if found, they should be cut severly.

ACCEPTED COLORS: Blue(Bearded and non-bearded), Buff Laced(Bearded and non-bearded), Golden Laced(Bearded and non-bearded), Silver Laced(Bearded and non-bearded), White(Bearded and non bearded), White Crested Black(Bearded and non-bearded), White Crested Blue(Bearded and non bearded), White Crested Cuckoo(non-bearded), White Crested Chocolate(Non-bearded) White Crested Khaki(non-bearded)"

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