Keeping colours pure for exhibition is not easy, especially where there are demands for feather colour combined with bill colour and eye colour plus leg/foot colour as well. There is a more-or-less infinite number of mixed-up colours which can be produced by cross breeding Runners. All that does is to mix up the historic and most aesthetically pleasing forms – and make it absolutely certain that birds will not breed true. The supposed ‘Appleyard’ colour has badly affected Trout and Silver which are perceived as similar to ‘Appleyard’ (when they are not).
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