It was worth the catching~ He's a really nice looking bird IMO.
Hopefully I'm right about the double barring. I know that some of the breeds in Aust for Barred Plymouth Rock are a bit different from the ones here in the states...and his barring is strong. Barring shows up in different ways in different breeds, so I am told. If he isn't double barred -- then there is another generation ahead of you. Because he would only have 1-barring gene. -- I see his body and wing barring very clearly -- then on his tail it is strong but not as strong as my backyard guys....
Here is a double barred CL tail :
This guy is older than yours, and the white tail feathers are undesirable, his 'type' isn't good -- but his dispositin is -- He has a chestnut shoulder patch under that huge set of hackels opn his neck... and some people work to avoid that -- I want to keep it and make the pattern tighter and neater -- below that is a dark bar which is one of the things along with that lower wing triangle that I look for in a CL. -- His wing triangle is fairly light -- it is a pale color -- but not white.
Here's his mom:
She is 4 1/2 years oold and still giving me a blue egg every-oter-day. You can see that she has bars in her tail -- and she is single-barred because females only hold place for one barring gene. Her 'underfluff' is barred too. doesn't show too well in this picture and her neck hackles are 'cream' --
Both of these have a 'squirrel' tail -- their tail angles should be lower -- but they are always excited when I come around -- in their minds it means food! ;O) You will look for your females that show barring -- and the tail is the best place to verify IMO. --- You roo will definitely pass along barring to some if not all of his daughters, and by breeding them back to him if only some of the offspring have barring -- you will insure the double-factor of barring in some of your males. (I'm working on a project to introduce barring -- to a breed variety doesn't have any - so I'm thinking out my strategy/process over then next couple of breeding seasons.
As imperfect as above male CL is -- I have had people over who look out the window and say 'that's the most beautiful rooster I ever saw' -- (not chicken people -- just workmen etc.) ---
Here are a couple more picts to help zero in on the barring and wing triangle -- This roo is the friendliest CL that I have and he keeps coming as close as he can -- which makes for impossible photography just now...he too thinks I have treats for him. His duckwing pattern, and his good disposition earned him a place in the next breeding round of what I'm doing -- but he isn't a show-quality bird --
Better shot showing the wing-triangle
and last shot -- the grandfather of the guy that is shown in the other three - ETA - the fther was processed due to his mean disposition.
Looking a little 'rough' right now -- and he's 4 1/2 years old too......
Not sure how well they are showing up -- but these guys have a crest under the very back of the blade of their combs. I would expect that unless you are able to get the cream gene into your flock that your flock will have a more saturated neck hackle and saddle feather area and I also think that the wing triangle will be darker.
I'm kind of excited for where you are going. My suggestion would be to select the brown leghorns with the deep salmon breast to insure that they are wild type on the e-locus! -- Please do keep me up to date as you progress....oh -- and -- here's how your chicks should look:
The middle one and top two are male -- if you look really closely you can see the white splotch on the top of their heads. The females are identified by the distinct dorsal stripes.
Here's a link to the breed guide thata few of us put together for the Cream Legbar Club a year or so ago:
You are so right to get an autosexing breed going -- it is great to know the chicks gender on hatch day!!
If I can do anything to help - just let me know -- AND!!! keep me updated on your progress.
Edited by ChicKat - 5/29/16 at 5:52am