Birchen Variety
Birchen Variety Proposed Standard of Perfection  (Draft)
Male

Comb, Face, Wattles, & Ear-Lobes: Bright red

Beak: Horn, black shading permitted

Eyes: Reddish bay

Head: Silver with no red, gold or yellow

Neck- Hackle: Silver with no red, gold or yellow. Some feathers, especially in the lower hackle, may
include a narrow dark stripe through the middle of each feather, terminating in a point near its lower
extremity. Front of neck: Black

Back: Silver with no red, gold or yellow
Saddle: Same as hackle

Tail-Main Tail: Black with slight luster
Sickles and Coverts: Lustrous black

Wings & Shoulders: Black
Fronts: Black
Bows: Silver with no red, gold or yellow
Coverts: Lustrous black
Primaries: Black
Secondaries: Black, exposed portion forming black wing bay

Breast: Solid black. **not laced**

Body & Stern: Black

Legs & Toes:
Lower Thighs: Black
Shanks and Toes: Shanks and toes light to mid-slate not black but may show pink between the
scales. Bottoms of feet pinkish white.

Shank and Toe Feathers: Black

Disqualification: Mulberry Comb and Wattles

Female

Comb, Face, Wattles, & Ear-Lobes: Bright red

Beak: Dark horn

Eyes: Reddish bay

Head: Silver with no red, gold or yellow

Neck - Hackle: Silver with a narrow dark stripe through the middle of each feather, terminating to a
point near its lower extremity. Front of Neck: Black

Back: Black

Tail: Black

Wings: Black

Breast: Solid black. *not laced*

Body & Stern: Black

Legs & Toes:
Lower Thighs: Black
Shanks and Toes: Dark slate, bottoms of feet pinkish white

Shank and Toe Feathers: Black

Disqualification: Mulberry Comb and Wattles