Disqualifications and Serious Defects APS2

Defects - All Breeds & Varieties

 Disqualifying Faults Rending the Bird Ineligible for CompetitionSerious Defects - DQ or Points Deducation at Discretion of Judge
GeneralBird seriously lacking in breed characteristics
Definite indications of contagious or communicable disease.
Definite indications of infestation with lice, mites or scaly leg mites.
Clear evidence of faking.
WeightExcessively overweight or underweight for its age, sex and breed.
HeadAny malformation or deformity of the beak or bill.Dished bill in ducks
Blindness, defective eyesight and/or defective pupils.Odd eye colour.
Comb foreign to breed or varietal type.Rosecomb: So large as to obstruct sight. Lopped - sufficient to obstruct sight. Absence of leader. More than one leader (except for Barbu de Watermael bantams). Inverted or telescoped leader.
Single comb: Split at blade. Side sprigs.Pea comb: Lopped below the horizontal plane of the skull. Inverted at the rear.
Crest: Absence in crested breeds. Presence in non-crested breeds. Single Comb: Lopped below horizontal plane so as to obstruct the vision.
Beard and Muffs: Absence in bearded breeds. Presence in non-bearded breeds.Face: Presence of Positive Enamel White in face of young males and females of all breeds where not permitted.
Earlobes: In all red, mulberry or purple-lobed breeds - Positive Enamel White on lobe surface. In all white-lobed breeds - red or other permanent foreign colour on lobe surface.
NeckWry neck.
BackBack crooked, roached or deformed in skeletal structure. (Not to be confused with the required convex back of certain breeds e.g. Malay Game).
BodyBreastbone: Abnormal protrusion of breastbone. Seriously deformed or crooked breastbone. Breastbone curved down behind leading to drooping abdomen.
WingsWings: badly twisted or curled primaries or secondaries. (Excluding Frizzle fowls and Sebastopol geese).Wings slipped or drooping wing.
Split wing.
TailSquirrel tail.Tail: Twisted Main feathers except in frizzled fowls and Sebastopol geese.
Wry tail.Twisted sickles except in Frizzles.
Split tail.
Shanks and FeetBow legged or obviously out at hocks.Feather legged breeds: absence of toe feathering where required.
In-kneed or obviously in at hocks.Evidence of vulture hocks in breeds not described as requiring them.
Malformation of the bone: Coarse unnaturally enlarged bone. Twisted or warped shanks. Lack of spurs in adult males (in fowls and bantams) (This is to be a DQ in breeds where spurs are specifically described in the stands eg OEG, AG)
Deformed feet: Twisted feet. Badly splayed feet.
Toes: Badly crooked or turned toes. Enlarged toe joints. Duck toed fowls and bantams. Webbed feet on Turkeys, Fowls and Bantams. Absence of webbing between toes on Ducks and Geese.
Four-toe breeds: More or less than four toes.
Five-toe breeds: More or less than five toes.
Clean-legged breeds: Presence of, or unmistakable evidence of removal of, any down, stubs or feathers on any part of the bird below the hock joint.
Leg colour: Foreign colour to that described for breed and variety.
Spurs on outside of leg.
FeathersFeather quality other than as described for particular breeds.

Reference: Australian Poultry Standards Ed 2