Identifying Obvious Faults in the Norfolk Grey

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This male's fault is white in the earlobe.

The earlobe should be red like the rest of the face. Norfolks with white in the lobes should not be used in the breeding pen 

The breast feathers on this male, should be solid black in colour. The shafts on his breast feathers are white giving him a stippled effect - this is a serious fault. A male with a laced or shafty breast should only be mated with a female with very poor hackle colouring, otherwise leave him out of the breeding pen

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The brown speckling on this young growers feathers is called Mossing.   When the juvenile feathers moulted out they were replaced by solid black feathers that had an amazing beetle green sheen to them. 

Mossing on  adult birds feathers is classified as a fault

This young pullet has the wrong coloured legs. They should be black or grey.  Willow green or dusky yellow legs and soles of the feet  are the sign of  poor quality bred birds. This suggests there has been a recent cross in their breeding

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The feathering on this hen is far too soft especially round the thighs. and cushion ( base of tail and back) The feathering should be harder giving a definite shape to the body

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This male has a poorly spiked comb and a bad crease in his wattle.  Both of these defects are faults but can be corrected in the breeding pen mating him with a hen that has a good spiked comb and smooth round wattles

The soles of the feet should be white, black pigment on the soles is fine as long as there is white skin also showing. Any sign of yellow is a fault and a sign of poor breeding, recent cross breeding can justifiably be suspected

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The Eyes should be as dark brown as possible. Light or orange eyes are a fault.  They  can be corrected in the breeding pen by mating with a dark eyed  mate, then selecting progency that have the darkest coloured eyes

 

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These yellow soles are the extreme. The yellow could also be seen under the scales - if this male had been bred to an otherwise correctly coloured female the fault would have been undoubtedly passed on to any offspring probably causing their legs to go willow.