No, I am not a smart a--s. I tried 5 times in 3 years to get started in Golden Salmon. It is a very difficult color to get right because it is so simple and pure in a breed which is rife with color crossings and modifier genes. Plus, the cocks lie about their color often. Hiding color modifiers which only show up in their get. The hens., if they are pure, and the pure chick down never lie. They are absolutely definitive for proper pure color. Thu, the most scarce color in GSM is the pure hen. The most difficult color to detect is a pure GSM cock. Between trying to obtain a pure sire and dam, this color is extremely difficult to find foundation stock.
Now we can mix some other colors based on e+ and/or eWh and then work to winnow out GSM. However, the elephants in the bedroom are autosomal red and the Melanin(sp?) genes. They are tough to get rid of and the autosomal red is really hard. Look around and see how many people have Red Shouldered Silver Duckwings , believing they truly have a Silver Salmon instead. Then they wonder why the chicks aren't GSM. Or people get confused that a Golden Duckwing is a Silver Salmon and try breeding them to another Duckwing, then get these calico Duckwings, sigh.
I have so much respect for Bev Davis. She kept on plugging away at the autosomal red and now after 5+ years , looks like she has it winnowed out of her GSM. Just a huge accomplishment for the variety.