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According to the the American Standard of Perfection, published by the American Poultry Association, the perfect Cubalaya looks almost like the perfect Sumatra, only with different colors. Other experts disagree. The Cuban standard, says Horst Schmudde, author of Oriental Gamefowl: A Guide for the Sportsman, Poultryman And Exhibitor of Rare Poultry Species And Gamefowl of the World, calls for the ideal to have a "lobster tail." In a recent email he explained, "a good lobster tail - males or hens - show the lower tail feathers overlapping the next upper pair and so forth (not seen in any other breeds - except in Ko-Shamos)." He adds that "Most Cubalaya males don't develop their abundant lobster tail until their second or third year. (Look at the pictures in my book)."

Below are photos of one of my cockerels, Charlie, at 18 weeks. At this age he shows the lobster tail effect somewhat better (IMHO) than does Fosdick. He hatched from an egg Sam Brush sent to me.










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