Originally Posted by Auroradream26
I asked a few days ago but it must've been overlooked. What is a double cream cockerel? I hatched one that liked a lot like the picture about 6 weeks ago. Only his head still has the light colored fluff so I was still able to pick him out and mark which one he is but is it something special? Should he be a definite keeper?
Hi, you probably saw the further discussion of cream.
I'd like to add that color is one consideration with regards to a "keeper".
Body type is perhaps the strongest indicator. The concept "build the barn first then paint it", seems to apply. It is more difficult to breed out body type flaws (multiple generations), than it is to put the cream color back on the body (could happen in one or two generations).
In that context, however, there are color problems that take longer than two generations to breed out i.e. too much red or black (simplified, I'll let someone else take up the specific terminology), wrong color legs, wrong color earlobes, etc.
Also, barring may look better on one male than another, which takes some time to differentiate.
So it's a constant balancing act. The longer you can keep your cockerels and grow them out the better. Early on I was advised to keep them a year if possible, and I have seen some early flaws resolve themselves, i.e. wobbly combs can straighten out, skinny boys get thicker with age, etc. Some things that don't change are stance, angles, drooping wings. While I haven't seen hens change tail angle, I have seen cockerels have a lower tail angle with age.
Clearly, if you can avoid any of those problems early on that's a bonus, but a little time could make the difference if you like the majority of characteristics or you are working to resolve a specific problem.